LEWIS & CLARK COUNTY – With seasonal weather changes on the horizon, Lewis and Clark County reminds residents it is time to start planning for changes to environmental threats such as flooding.
Lewis and Clark County Floodplain Manager, Worby McNamee advises residents to consider purchasing flood insurance. In most cases, standard homeowners’ insurance does not cover flood events and most flood insurance policies take 30 days to go into effect. For more flood insurance information, visit: https://csimt.gov/your-insurance/flood/.
Preparing for flooding is the most proactive mitigation people can take. As precipitation persists this winter and spring, shovel or plow snow away from homes and other structures. Maintain the natural drainage by removing debris from ditches and low-lying areas. This includes removing garbage, grass clippings, and anything else that can hinder water flows.
Make sure your sump pump is working and install a battery-operated backup in case of a power failure. Elevate critical utilities such as electrical panels, switches, sockets, wiring, appliances, and heating systems. Move furniture, valuables, and important documents to a safe place.
Residents in and adjacent to burn scar areas should monitor National Weather Service Great Falls alerts. Burn scar areas are susceptible to mudslides and debris flows. Wildfires can leave areas with a loss of vegetation and the charred ground unable to absorb water.
Flooding can contaminate water systems, so make sure to keep extra drinking water on hand. Have an evacuation plan in place and a “go-bag” ready, with face coverings and copies of vaccine card and other important documents, should you need to leave your residence due to flooding. Always obey road closure signs and never drive around barricades.
If you are going to do any floodplain development or have flood insurance related questions, contact Worby McNamee, County Floodplain Manager at 406-447-8375.
Report flooding to local authorities by calling 447-8235.
Additional information on flooding and flood preparedness:
Lewis and Clark County website at https://www.lccountymt.gov/des/flood-information.html
Lewis and Clark County Emergency Services Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LewisandClarkCountyEmergency
National Weather Service Great Falls alerts: weather.gov/tfx/