December 7, 2013; 4:00 PM
For Immediate Release
Contact: Cooper Wade, Fire Chief, Gallatin Gateway Rural Fire Department, 406-580-8364; or Patrick Lonergan, Gallatin County Emergency Manager, 406-599-7881
An ice jam formed today on the Gallatin River about a half mile north of Gallatin Gateway. The ice jam is causing the river to rise, threatening homes along the Axtell-Gateway Road and potentially threatening homes on Gateway South Road. Currently water is washing across the Axtell-Gateway Road which is currently closed from Deer Spring Road to Gateway South Road. Personnel from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s office and the Gallatin Gateway Rural Fire Department have been notifying residents in the area about the threat of the Gallatin River rising upstream (south) of the ice jam. The Gallatin County Road and Bridge Department has also been on-scene to assist with the response. Emergency responders have future concerns that when the ice jam loosens, the possibility of a sudden release of water could potentially threaten homes downstream as well. Traffic on Gallatin Road (Route 191) has not been affected.