December 9, 2013 15:30 hrs
Contact: Patrick Lonergan, 582-2395
Gallatin Gateway Flooding Recedes
Gallatin Gateway, MT – The flood waters resulting from the ice jam on the Gallatin River have receded some over the past 24 hours. While many areas are still flooded the level of the water in many locations has diminished. The Civil Air Patrol flew the affected area today confirming what officials suspected was causing the decrease in water levels.
Just South of Gallatin Gateway the Gallatin River splits forming an East and West Channel. Up until Monday the East channel had little water in it, but on Monday the amount of water flowing in the East channel had increased. The ability for the water to flow in the East channel appears to have alleviated some of the flow in the West channel allowing the flooding to recede some. While flooding is still very present, the level of the flooding is less than on Sunday.
The information gathered by the Civil Air Patrol shows that the ice jam on the Gallatin River starts in the main channel of the river and continues North up the West channel past the split, essentially blocking off the East channel over the past couple days. The water exceeding the West channel’s capacity appears to have found a path into the East channel, which is a good thing allowing the flood water to drop.
Emergency personnel are continuing to monitor the situation and maintain contact with the affected residents. Ice jams are unpredictable and the conditions can change quickly, so officials recognize this incident is likely not over.
Axtell-Gateway Road is still closed from Gateway South Road to McReynolds Road.