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Emergency Personnel "can't stress enough how dangerous" floodwaters are

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In a press conference Sunday at the Missoula County Emergency Operations Center, emergency responders laid out their ongoing plans to deal with severe flooding throughout Missoula County.

Speakers stressed the importance of avoiding floodwaters to prevent the spread of disease; if you are exposed to floodwaters, emergency personnel ask that you wash the exposed area immediately.

In addition, multiple first responders spoke to the risk of undercurrents, and how dangerous and strong those currents can be if you choose to drive through them.

At least one representatives stated the County can’t “stress enough how dangerous” flooding can be, and that it’s been “decades since we’ve seen floodwater to this extent.”

Besides avoiding contact with floodwaters and driving through currents, residents are also being warned to make preparations to potentially be displaced from their home for a significant amount of time, i.e. gathering and filling prescriptions, removing livestock and pets, and any other necessary precautions.

Currently, the County has no resources for livestock or pets, but say they are working on a solution. The Red Cross currently has a shelter available.

Flooding concerns are expected to continue on into June.

A public meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 7th at 6:00 pm at Hawthorne Elementary School. For more information, folks are encouraged to visit the Missoula County website, and download the Smart911 App for their smartphones, where alerts and updates are being posted regularly.

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