County Conducting Damage Assessment

GCEM Media Release

Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, 582-2395
Release: 140308-01

County Conducting Damage Assessment

Bozeman, MT – Gallatin County is now conducting damage assessments of the damage incurred from flooding over the past couple days.  The Town of Manhattan was successful in removing the bulk of the water from downtown late Friday night allowing the streets to be opened and occupants to access their buildings.  Now that most of the immediate water issues have been mitigated, we are moving into the recovery process.  As those affected by flooding this past week figure out what damages they have incurred and what their insurance will cover, it is important that this information be conveyed to Gallatin County Emergency Management.  The county will utilize this information to demonstrate how this event has affected the citizens of Gallatin County to both the state and federal governments with the goal of meeting the requirements to access some disaster assistance programs.  At this time it is unknown what, if any, assistance may become available to those affected by the flooding.  This availability of potential assistance is highly dependent on showing the amount of impact which has occurred.

A town meeting will be held at the Manhattan Junior High School Gym Monday (3/10/14) at 7:00 pm for those affected by the flooding.  This meeting is an opportunity for officials to hear how people have been affected and for information on potential assistance to be provided to those who have been affected.

The online damage assessment can be accessed from ReadyGallatin.com or directly at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/gcem.  The forms are very basic in what they collect and can easily be completed in under 5 minutes.

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Pair of Snowmobile Crashes in West Yellowstone for Sheriff’s Search and Rescue

 

(West Yellowstone, Mont.)   On March 7, 2014, at 8:49 a.m., Gallatin County Sheriffs Search and Rescue responded to the report of an injured snowmobiler on the Two Top Snowmobile Trail approximately three miles west of West Yellowstone. Personnel from the Sheriffs Office, Search and Rescue (West Yellowstone Division), and the U.S. Forest Service assisted with the rescue. When they arrived on scene they found a 43-year-old male from Tampa, Florida, who had suffered a laceration on his head when he lost control of his snowmobile and was ejected. The man’s helmet flew off during the crash and he believes that happened because he did not properly fasten the chin strap. He was transported by the rescue team to West Yellowstone and his friends brought him to a doctor.

A few hours later at 11:53 a.m., the Sheriffs Search and Rescue team was called back into action for an injured snowmobiler near Reas Pass, which is southwest of West Yellowstone. Personnel from the same agencies quickly responded. When they arrived on scene they found a 26-year-old female from Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, who had suffered a pelvic injury when she lost control of her snowmobile and hit a tree (photos attached). She was packaged onto the rescue sled and transported to an awaiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance. She was then transported to the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.  Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office ####

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Flooding Continues Impacting Gallatin County

GCEM Media ReleaseContact:  Patrick Lonergan, 582-2395Release: 140307-02

Flooding Continues Impacting Gallatin County

Manhattan, MT – Flooding from Thursday’s runoff continued to cause problems in Gallatin County today.  While many locations affected by flooding on Thursday have dried up, some are still working to drain out with Manhattan being the most impacted.  Crews worked hard all day to pump water out of the East Main Street area of Manhattan with numerous large capacity pumps moving the water to a location where it could drain.  After the water on the street is removed, crews will work with property owners to help get the water out of the buildings.

A town meeting has been setup for Monday (3/10/14) night at 7:00 pm in the Manhattan Junior High School Gym.  The purpose for the meeting is to obtain information from those affected by the flooding on what damages they have incurred, and provide information to them on what assistance may be available.  Our hope is that people will have an opportunity to access their property and develop an estimate of the damage before the meeting on Monday.  This meeting is open to anyone that has been affected by flooding this week.

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Flooding Continues in Gallatin County

GCEM Media Release

Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, 582-2395Release: 140307-01

Flooding Continues in Gallatin County

Manhattan, MT – While flooding in some places overnight has receded, other areas are now seeing the impact from the sudden runoff.  Many of the homes and road directly affected yesterday have seen the water level drop with many standing pools left while they get absorbed or slowly drain out.  Several areas in the Town of Manhattan have unfortunately turned into holding ponds and are having to be pumped out to locations where the water can drain.  The major impact is the area along East Main Street in Manhattan where the water has become trapped.

While the much of the area has seen relief over the night on water level, residents should expect to see the water flow increase through the day and the temperature warms up.  The question will be how much the water levels will increase today.  Unfortunately this is very hard to predict and we won’t really know until afterwards.  Anyone that has already been affected by flooding, or were close to being affected, should be prepared for more flooding today and closely monitor conditions through the day.

The best source for sand bags in the Gallatin Valley is Bozeman Brick on Jackrabbit.  Water pumps can be obtained from many of the rental and construction companies in the area.

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Man Rescued from Flood Water in Clarkston

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(Bozeman, Mont.)  At 3:50 p.m. today the Sheriff’ Office received a request from the 79 year old Clarkston resident.  He had some health issues and found that his home had been surrounded by water several feet deep.  The Clarkston Fire Department, Sheriff’s Deputies and Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded and used a small inflatable rescue boat to bring the man to the roadway.  He was taken to Bozeman where the Red Cross provided shelter at a local motel.  This was the only evacuation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office toady.   Information on flooding conditions and safety precautions can be found and www.readygallatin.com  Photo courtesy of Gallatin Co. Sheriff’s Office.####

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Drivers Urged to Utilize Caution

GCEM Media Release

Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, 582-2395
Media Release: 140306-01

Drivers Urged to Utilize Caution

Amsterdam, MT – Drivers in Gallatin County are encouraged to to utilize caution due to water on numerous roadways around the county.  Recent warm weather, combined with today’s rain, has caused much of the snow in fields and hillsides to melt and quickly run off.  This run off water has over whelmed the capacity of the ditches, culverts, and bridges in many locations leaving both flowing and standing water on roadways.  These conditions have caused the Gallatin County Road and Bridge Department to close numerous roads, primarily in the Western part of Gallatin County.  Officials are working hard to sign as many of the hazards as possible, but there are so many affected areas that it is proving difficult to keep up.  Drivers should assume that there could be water on any roadway and drive with due caution for the conditions.

Several residences are also being impacted by this water in the Western part of the county.  Residents in need of sand bags can obtain those at Bozeman Brick (587-4283) on Jackrabbit Lane.

The bulk of the moisture should move to the East by about 5:00 PM Thursday.  Lighter showers are again expected on Friday with it drying off Friday night and remaining dry through the weekend.  It is very likely the we will continue to see this runoff from melted snow for the next couple days.  Residents that are near current flooding and think they could possibly be affected, should make preparations to protect their property now.  More information is available on flooding at ReadyGallatin.com/flooding.php.

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Cream Creek Rescue

   On Wednesday, March 3rd, at 3:29 p.m., The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue responded to the report of an injured snowmobiler on Cream Creek, which is approximately 4 miles west of West Yellowstone.  Personnel from the Sheriff’s Office, Search and Rescue (West Yellowstone Division), and the U.S Forest Service assisted with the rescue. 

   A 17-year-old female from Sauk Rapids, MN suffered possible broken ribs and a possible broken leg when she entered a sharp corner at a high rate of speed and was unable to maintain control of the snowmobile. The snowmobile left the trail and struck a tree ejecting the rider before continuing on to strike another tree.

  The female was quickly packaged onto a rescue sled and transported by the rescue team to an awaiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance.  The ambulance met an Air Idaho life-flight helicopter at a landing zone just over the border in Idaho, which then transported her to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Spring Flood Season is Approaching

GCEM Media ReleaseContact:  Patrick Lonergan, 582-2395
Release:  140305-01

Spring Flood Season is Approaching

Bozeman, MT – Residents are reminded that now is the time to start preparing for spring flooding.  People living near waterways, or areas that have seen flooding nearby, should take this opportunity to prepare for spring flooding since once it begins, it is often too late to make much difference in protecting your property.  While we won’t know if we will experience a bad flood season in Gallatin County until afterwards, several contributing factors such as heavy snow pack are present.

Residents are encouraged to take this opportunity before the spring run off to clean up around their property.  Ditches and culverts should be cleared of debris that will impede the flow of water.  The areas likely to flood should also be cleared of items that should now be exposed to the flood waters.  This is also a great time to develop a simple emergency plan that addresses the following items:

  • How you will protect your property should flooding occur?
  • Where and when you will obtain the supplies needed to protect your property?
  • Who is responsible for which tasks?
  • Should you have to leave your home, where you will go and what you will take?

More information on flooding is available at ReadyGallatin.com/flooding.php.

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Sheriff’s Winter Weekend Activity Summary

 

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(Bozeman, Mont.)  Since Friday night the Sheriff’s Office has responded to over 250 calls, of those 90 were related to the winter storm.  Throughout the County Deputies responded to vehicle crashes, abandoned, stuck vehicles, requests for welfare checks and rescued injured snowmobilers. Deputies even purchased snow shovels to assist the public with shoveling out vehicles that were stuck. (the shovels they carry were a little small to shovel that much snow.)

Saturday at 2:20 p.m., Gallatin County Sheriffs Search and Rescue responded to the report of an injured snowmobiler in Tepee Basin, which is a remote area north of West Yellowstone.  Personnel from the Sheriffs Office, Search and Rescue (West Yellowstone Division), and the U.S Forest Service assisted with the rescue.  A 40-year-old female from South Jordan, Utah suffered an ankle injury when her snowmobile rolled on top of her while hill-climbing.  She was transported by the rescue team to a parking lot on Highway 191 where her husband picked her up.

Sheriff Gootkin states “All in all this community came through the weekend in pretty good shape.  Deputies and the County Road Department really put in the extra effort to keep roads open and keep people safe.  No major injuries or events says to me that this place still knows how to be Montanans and manage a little snow and cold.”###