CITY OF BOZEMAN
PRESS RELEASE – FLOODING UPDATE
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
**INFORMATION WILL BE UPDATED AS NECESSARY**
PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE RISING RIVER, CREEK AND DITCH LEVELS.
Nash Spring Creek (aka Flat Creek) is overflowing its banks and is flooding a portion of the Valley View Golf Course.
Bozeman Creek rose approximately 6”-8” at Bozeman City Hall overnight. With the continued rain in the forecast, we can expect Bozeman Creek to continue to rise. It is likely, if the creek level continues to rise, there may be more extensive flooding through Valley View Golf Course over on to Kagy Boulevard similar to what was experienced on May 25, 2011.
Bozeman residents are reminded that flooding could occur at any time. Many of the creeks and ditches around Bozeman are at capacity and do not have room to accommodate additional water. We strongly encourage property and business owners that are prone to flooding, or near a watercourse, to regularly monitor the water level and sandbag around the foundations of your homes and businesses. Sandbagging information is detailed below.
The City of Bozeman’s highest priority is the protection of life and the safety of the population of the community. In addition, the City is dedicated to the protection of public property and finally, the City is committed to assisting with the protection of private property when possible.
If you come to an area that is covered with water, you will not know the depth of the water or the condition of the ground under the water. This is especially true at night, when your vision is more limited.
Play it smart, play it safe. Whether driving or walking, any time you come to a flooded road, Turn Around Don’t Drown®
Follow these safety rules:
- Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio, or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.
- If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes etc.
- Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around Don’t Drown®
- Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Turn Around Don’t Drown®
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
Important Phone Numbers:
911 – Any Emergency
If you see children playing in or near flooded areas or flowing water, please warn them and their caretaker of the potential danger or call 911 and report the activity.
582-3175 – Recorded Update
Please call for regular flood information updates.
Please use the non-emergency numbers below to report potential hazards or provide non-emergency information.
582-2000 for Bozeman Residents
582-2100 for everyone else
List of Street Closures and Cautions (subject to change):
THERE ARE CURRENLY NO STREET CLOSURES DUE TO FLOODING.
*ALL STREET CLOSURES ARE CLEARLY MARKED. PLEASE RESPECT THE CLOSURES; IT IS FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY.
List of Trail Closures and Cautions (subject to change):
East Gallatin trail system: The trails east of the river are closed until further notice.
Gardner Park Parking lot to Tuckerman Parking lot: The trail between the lots is open but use extreme caution due to spot flooding and constantly changing conditions.
Tuckerman Park: The park is open but use caution. Overflow from fields south of Goldenstein going under the road and into the park. The overflow, is currently finding the stream, will monitor hourly.
Hauser Park Trail: The portion of the trail off of Sourdough Road near Kagy is closed. There is a small walking bridge crossing the creek that is not safe to cross.
Creekwood Subdivision Trail (near Legends Subdivision): The trail north of the two bridges on the east side of Legends Subdivision is closed. The trail is completely washed out in at least one area.
*ALL TRAIL CLOSURES ARE CLEARLY MARKED. PLEASE RESPECT THE CLOSURES; IT IS FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY.
List of Park Closures and Cautions (subject to change):
Lindley Park: Water continues to flow through the Story Mill Ditch (west end of park). Use caution in this area.
*ALL PARK CLOSURES ARE CLEARLY MARKED. PLEASE RESPECT THE CLOSURES; IT IS FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY.
Sandbags are available at the following local retailers:
Sandbags are available to purchase from the following local vendors:
Bozeman Brick and Tile 587-4283
Kenyon Noble 586-2384
Belgrade True Value 388-6012
Big Sky True Value 995-4500
Owenhouse Ace Hardware – Downtown 587-5401
Owenhouse Ace Hardware – West Main 582-7330
Information on using sand bags is available at http://www.ReadyGallatin.com
Ongoing updates are available at www.bozeman.net and http://www.ReadyGallatin.com and state and interstate road conditions are available from the Montana Department of Transportation http://www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/scripts/rdrpt.pl?rptname=Detailed&box=No.