Rivers at Capacity

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Media Release

Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, 406-582-2350

Bozeman, MT – Residents in Gallatin County are reminded that flooding could occur at any time.  Many of the streams and rivers around Gallatin County are at capacity and do not have room to accomodate additional water.  If too much water is added, from either rain or snow melt, flooding will occur.

Residents who’s property is at risk of flooding and have not taken any action to protect their property, should do so now.  Sandbags are known to be available at the following locations:

  • Bozeman Brick and Kenyon Noble
  • Belgrade True Value
  • Lowe’s
  • Owenhouse
  • Big Sky True Value

While sandbags are an effective tool, they must be properly setup to be effective.  Please read the following information from the Army Corps of Engineers on proper sandbag use.

Additional information on flooding is available at: http://www.ReadyGallatin.com/flooding.php.


Memorial Day Mobilization Enforcement Plan

Sheriff Media HeaderThe Bozeman Police Department and the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office are combining their traffic enforcement efforts to focus on Impaired Driving and Occupant Protection. With support from the Select Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant, the Bozeman Police Department and Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office will increase traffic enforcement during peak times of alcohol related offenses and crashes . This extra patrol mobilization begins May 23rd and extends through June 5th.
If you have any questions please contact Lt. Dave McManis at of the Bozeman Police Department at 582-2022 or Lt. Shane Frantz of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at 582-2120

High Water Expected Throughout June


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Media Release

Contact: Patrick Lonergan, 406-582-2395

Bozeman, MT – Residents in Gallatin County should expect high water to be present in the county through the end of June.  Current forecasts for the National Weather Service are predicting that peak runoff in the Gallatin River Basin will not occur until mid June with water levels beginning to drop off at the end of the month.  This means that as the water levels increase, they will likely remain at a high level until the end of June.  In recent history most of the flooding problems in Gallatin County have developed quickly and the water levels have dropped in a matter of days.  Residents should be aware that this year we may have flooding conditions present for an extended period of time.  This means that once an area becomes flooded, it may remain flooded for quite a while.  Residents are encouraged to take this into consideration when deciding what measures to take in preparing their property for flooding.



Sheriff’s K-9 retirement

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May 10, 2011

On May 10, 2011 Sandra Feeney, Jeff and Tyler Cotterell representing the Bozeman Lion’s Club were recognized for their support of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit during a retirement ceremony for “Noe,”(pronounced Noey) one of the Sheriff’s Office’s police dogs. Gallatin County Sheriff, Jim Cashell, presented K-9 unit handler, Deputy Don Peterson with a plaque in honor of his and Noe’s contributions to the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Gallatin County.

Nine years ago, the Bozeman Lion’s Club donated $7,000 to purchase and train Noe in continued support of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office K-9 program. The Bozeman Lion’s Club has supported the purchase other law enforcement K-9s over the past two decades.

Potential for Spring Flooding is Here

GCEM Header ImageGallatin County wishes to remind residents that the potential for spring flooding is present and could occur at any time.  The current and predicted weather, combined with the snow pack, has setup Gallatin County to be susceptible to flooding in the immediate future.  Property that is susceptible to flooding (flooding has occured in the past or looks like it could occur) should be preparing now to protect their property.  Once flooding occurs it is usually too late to do much good in protecting property. 

Sandbags are available for purchase from several local hardware stores.  Stores that have indicated having sandbags in stock include; Bozeman Brick and Tile (Kenyon Noble), Belgrade True Value, Lowe’s, Owenhouse, and Big Sky True Value.  Straw bales wrapped in plastic can also be an effective tool in controlling flood waters.  Information on using sandbags is available here.

If people find themselves in flooded areas, they are encouraged to follow these safety practices:

  • Do Not Walk Through Flowing Water
    Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. Most occur during flash floods. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. Use a pole or stick to make sure that the ground is still there before you go through an area where the water is not flowing.
  • Do Not Drive Through a Flooded Area
    Most people drown in their cars than anywhere else. Don’t drive around road barriers; the road or bridge may be washed out.
  • Stay Away From Power Lines and Electrical Wires
    Electrocution is also a major killer in floods. Electrical current can travel through water. Report downed power lines to your utility company or local emergency manager.
  • Turn Off Your Electricity When You Return Home
    Some appliances, such as television sets, can shock you even after they have been unplugged. Don’t use appliances or motors that have gotten wet unless they have been taken apart, cleaned, and dried.
  • Watch for Animals, Especially Snakes
    Small animals that have been flooded out of their homes may seek shelter in yours. Use a pole or stick to poke and turn items over and scare away small animals.
  • Look Before You Step
    After a flood, the ground and floors are covered with debris including broken bottles and nails. Floors and stairs that have been covered with mud can be very slippery.
  • Be Alert for Gas Leaks
    Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Don’t smoke or use candles, lanterns, or open flames unless you are sure that the gas has been turned off and the area has been aired out.
  • Carbon Monoxide Exhaust Kills
    Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machine outdoors. The same goes for camping stoves. Fumes from charcoal are especially deadly — cook with charcoal only outdoors.
  • Clean Everything That Get Wet
    Floodwaters have picked up sewage and chemicals from roads, farms, factories, and storage buildings. Spoiled food and flooded cosmetics and medicines are health hazards. When in doubt, throw them out.
  • Take Good Care of Yourself
    Recovering from a flood is a big job. It is tough on both the body and the spirit. And the effects a disaster has on you and your family may last a long time. Learn how to recognize and care for anxiety, stress, and fatigue.

For more information on flooding (including current river levels and forecasts) please visit http://www.readygallatin.com/flooding.php .

Inmates moved to new Detention Center

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(Bozeman) – The Gallatin County Detention Center opened for business last week with the transfer of 76  inmates to the new facility.

Under tight security, heavy snow and bad roads inmates were moved from the old jail and the Broadwater County Jail into the new Detention Center.

The transfer was complete early Friday morning.

The inmates were searched, issued new identification, new uniforms and placed in the new housing pods said Detention Center Commander Lieutenant Dan Springer.

“Everything worked as expected, the worst issue was a laminating machine that broke. We are excited for the challenges ahead of us and we thank the community for their support throughout this process,” said Springer.

“This has been the product of a lot of hard work by staff with the support of elected officials and the public,” said Gallatin County Sheriff Jim Cashell.  “We have been working toward this for many years.”

County Commissioner Steve White stated he was impressed by the planning and execution of the move.  “It went smoothly and according to schedule.  This is a great improvement for Gallatin County, the safety of the inmates and employees.  It was also on time and on budget.” said Commissioner White. ###

Video Courtesy: Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.