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River causes flooding in Musselshell County

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BILLINGS, Mont. -

Musselshell County is seeing flooded areas, especially in towns upstream such as Lavina, Harlowton, and Shawmut.

The Musselshell River running nearby 2nd Avenue E. on the main road toward the fairgrounds in Roundup is overflowing, causing the road to flood. KULR-8 spoke with DES Co-Coordinator Justin Russell about how they are preparing.

Russell said the issue of flooding is somewhat paralyzing because you never really know how severe it will be.

"Depending on the severity, it could have very little impact," Russell said. "If we look back at 2011, we can have major road closures, people stranded - depending on where they live, like which side of the river- it's kind of that wild card effect."

Russell recalls the hundred year flooding that occurred in 2011 and said DES learned from it.

"Some of the things we learned from the 2011 flooding is we definitely need to get information out there in our county and keep everybody informed of what's going on," Russell said. "We're going out. We're taking daily measurements of the river, we're looking up and down, and we're just reporting our findings back."

The DES co-coordinator said whether the flooding worsens or not, locals should still be prepared.

"Stocking up on extra bottled water, canned goods, medical supplies, anything that you need should you be affected," Russel said.

Russell said he hopes the cooler weather we've been having lately will slow down the snowmelt, but nonetheless, DES will hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

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