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After Hail, Roundup Hit with Flooding

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ROUNDUP, Mont. -

On Thursday, the town of Roundup had to deal with hail pounding down onto houses and vehicles. The golf ball sized hail caused damage to numerous homes, buildings, and cars in the town. However, that wasn't the last of severe weather for residents. On Friday, more thunderstorms rolled through causing rivers to rise and floodwater to take over streets.

Justin Russell, the DES coordinator, said there was one home that had water all the way around the house. DES had to evacuate that family. "We did have one home in Musselshell that does have some localized flooding at this time. But, no one was home when the sheriff's department went there to make sure that they were out and if they needed any assistance from us." Russell said they have also been monitoring ranch homes and barns.

When it comes to cattle and horses, Russell said they have not had any reports of livestock drowning due to floods. "When we were doing our river checks, we did see areas where some of the livestock were kind of isolated, but we didn't see anything that would cause severe harm to them."

The DES told KULR-8 that there was a disconnect with gages at the river Friday morning. Russell explained that DES monitors two different sites to verify gage heights. Those two sites are USGS and National Weather Service. "USGS site pinged at 11 feet 5 inches, where the NOAA site was only pinging at 9 feet 5 inches. So, we had a little problem there on which gage was correct. So, we went down and actually physically viewed the river and it was at 11 feet 5. What happened was an equipment malfunction, so NOAA wasn't getting the correct information right away," said Russell. He also stated that they always take the higher gage number because they would rather be ahead, rather than play catch up.

This time of year, Russel said the normal level of the river is 5 to 7 feet. "Right now, we've been hanging around the 9 foot because we had such a large snow pack and then also, upstream, quite a few thunderstorms brought that water down to us." At 3:00 p.m. Friday, Roundup was under flood stage at 9 ft. 9 in. Russell explained that DES is seeing a consistent drop in the Roundup gages. As for the Musselshell gage, Russell said, "We gained about two and a half feet of water. But, it is starting to crest now. So, that crest is the water that was in Roundup earlier this morning, has made it's way to Mussellshell and then from there, we will be monitoring the Melstone area to see where it crests and to see if we have any damage to infrastructure or homes at that time." Once Roundup gets through this weekend and the early part of next week, Russell explained they should have some breathing room.

The DES coordinator wants Roundup residents to keep their eyes open. "We're going to have dead branches, dead trees. Some limbs could be falling. There's broken glass on the ground all over from all of the cars and the homes breaking out. Just keep your eyes open. Keep your eyes on the river."

Russell said it's been great to see the community of Roundup come together and take care of each other. If you'd like to help those who may need help with repairs to their homes, cars, and other property, Russell said they will be getting their Long Range Recovery Team activated. "These are the people who are going to come in to help our neighbors. The disabled, the low-income." Russell said they will get the information up early next week once they activate the team from the office. You can also check Musselshell DES Facebook page for more information.

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