River Levels Rise with Cold Weather
Gallatin Gateway, MT – Residents in the Gallatin Gateway area have seen the Gallatin River water level rise during the recent cold spell despite seeing water briefly recede at the start of the weekend. Many of the areas affected last week are again being affected by flood waters near their homes. This quick reversal of river levels from Saturday’s receding flooding is a good reminder of how quickly river conditions can change during the winter.
Residents near the river, and recreational users, are encouraged to closely monitor river conditions and utilize caution near the river itself. Ice jams and their associated flooding is unpredictable and changes quickly. The ice jam release in December 2012 on the Gallatin River up the canyon which was caught on video (available here) is good evidence of how quickly river conditions change.