Ice Jam on Gallatin River near Big Sky

GCEM Media Release HeaderMedia Release:  141231-01
Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, (406) 599-7881

Ice Jam on Gallatin River near Big Sky

Big Sky, MT – An ice jam has developed on the Gallatin River in the area of US191 and Lone Mountain Trail (MT64/ Spur Road).  This blockage has recently opened up allowing water to flow more freely, however it is very possible the river will become blocked again.  People down river (North) of Big Sky who are near the river should utilize caution and stay clear of the river channel.  Ice jams are capable of quickly breaching which results in a sudden lease of water and debris that can be dangerous to those in the way.  Recreational users are encourage to stay clear of the river channel and utilize caution when in the area.

Water has begun flooding out of the river channel upriver of the jam in the area of Frenchman Road.  Residents in the affected area are encouraged to take actions to protect their property before flooding occurs.  Once a property has been affected by flooding, it is often too late to adequately protect it.  If you think you may be affected by flooding, you should prepare now.

In 2012 the release of an ice jam was caught on video along the Gallatin River.  This video is available on YouTube at http://youtu.be/BmNdCH42tFE.

Photos of Gallatin River on 12/31/14 at 16:00 hrs

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 Photos & Video Courtesy of Bill Farhat, Big Sky Fire Department

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