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Yellowstone County Disaster and Emergency Services will be watching the flood situation very closely.

The DES director briefed county commissioners about the steps they're taking.

KULR-8's Mary Jane Belleza has more on how that briefing went this afternoon.

The current state of Billings is at a flood watch.

While it's currently at the lowest level of warning, the long term forecast for next week, predicts Yellowstone river will see a significant rise.

"So, what we're looking at right now is we're working mostly with public works offices in terms of protection of infrastructure, water systems, waste water treatment plants, roads, bridges and culverts," said DES director Brad Shoemaker.

The biggest areas of concern is flooding and loss of electricity.

DES is doing their part to ensure the safety of citizens.

"The city of Billings is talking up there at 14 1/2 feet, water is going to start flowing backwards through the storm drains and popping off manhole covers. We could be a full foot and a half above that later this week, so that's where we get into real major impacts where we could have real flooding," Shoemaker adds. "Not just on the river, but in areas where we don't see water often or have never seen water before."

DES has a plan to help those in need during the next week and preparations are in the works.

"We're going to have sand and sandbags throughout the community, free for pickup," said Shoemaker. "We're going to be located at Blue Creek, Laurel and out in the Huntley-Worden area. There will be sandbags and there will be sand."

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