Flooding: What You Need to Know
Recently, warmer temperatures and continued precipitation have caused flooding concerns in several Montana communities. CCHD is prepared with information and resources regarding everything from water contamination to cleaning up after the flood. Residents should stay informed and keep the following in mind:
- Stay tuned to local alerts and advisories to help be aware of flood watch/warning areas, closed roads, evacuation orders, and other official information.
- Get informed about the risk of flooding to your neighborhood, home, and family.
- NEVER attempt to cross water if it is over the roadway. According to FEMA, about 60 percent of all flood deaths result from people trying to cross flooded roads in vehicles when the moving water sweeps them away.
- Always follow authorities’ instructions on evacuation orders.
- Avoid drinking water or eating food that may have become contaminated by flood waters. Have extra clean water on hand – at least one gallon per person per day for three days.
Flood waters commonly contain microbes that can cause illness, and those affected by recent flooding should take care to prevent infection. During flooding, basic hand washing is critical to prevent disease. Keep your hands clean by washing with soap and clean, running water. If your tap water is not safe to use, wash hands with soap in water that has been boiled or in another clean water source. Those involved in flood cleanup should consider a tetanus vaccination. Individuals with puncture wounds or wounds contaminated with feces or soil should see a doctor or visit CCHD to determine whether a tetanus booster is necessary based on individual records.
Stay Up-To-Date on the Situation
- Great Falls National Weather Service
- River Level Gauge Readings in North Central MT by the National Weather Service
CCHD Printable Fact Sheets
Hazards During a Flood