Few roads affected so far by flooding

Eleanor Guerrero
CCN Senior Reporter
Thursday, April 11, 2019
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Carbonado Road has already experienced some flooding as spring weather goes hot and cold.



It’s spring in Montana. But it means the big snows of winter, extending all the way up the lofty Beartooths, will soon start to come down. Carbon County Commissioner Scott Blain said there was no flooding except for Carbonado Road and gave a report last week. The weather has been unusually warm but is cooling off.

Blain said, “We had culvert fail yesterday as well. Anyway I’ve attached photos of Carbonado Road. Excessive and rapid snow melt in addition to an overflowing ditch caused this collapse.”

He added, “We had several utilities that needed repair prior to reconstruction of this road. We should have the road open next week. Luckily this closure has minimal impact as there are decent alternative routes close by. One bus route was affected.”

At this point it might be helpful to get the current weather facts for the March Weather Summary for Red Lodge by Ray Masters Cooperative Observer. Masters reported, “March in Red Lodge was a bit cooler than average with a 27.5 mean, compared to the 29.4 average.  It was drier than average however with 14.9" of snow compared to the average of 22.2".  The melted equivalent was 0.95" this year while the average is 1.84".  The high was 60 on the 25th, and the low -20 on the 4th.” 

Colder weather is coming this week with some wintery mix possible. The rain and wet snow may add to swollen rivers and streams with additional flooding possible. Rural roads could be impassable due to flooding and/or muddy conditions. There are threats to young livestock with such wet snow accumulations and it could be heaviest in the western mountains and foothills. 

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