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"The worst is yet to come" Lincoln prepares for more flooding

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LINCOLN - Residents are already dealing with rising waters in Lincoln and it's about to get much worse.

"There's still 60 inches of snow and 38 inches of water in that snow and that's not even the high elevation.  So we know there's more coming," said Zach Muse, Fire Chief, Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department 

The water level is rising by the hour and he adds it's grown by half a foot since Tuesday.  Right now the best thing they can do to prepare is place sandbags around houses and property. 

Muse said," I don't think there's anything else we can do right now other than maybe some people with their equipment could maybe dig some trenches ..  but sandbags are going to be the biggest need right now."

Bags can be picked up from Aaron at Coyote Coffee and filled at Hooper Park.  Muse is continuing to work on bringing in more sand, but in the meantime, he's asking for a little help from people who have equipment that can help dig trenches and even fill sand.

Folks from all over Montana have flocked to Lincoln, and Muse said he's not surprised at all by that, "That's why we live here, we take care of each other.  We might poke fun at each other the rest of the year and make fun of people from this town or that town but boy when the chips are down we're there to lend a hand."

No evacuations have been ordered but if things keep going the way Muse expects, it's only a matter of time, which means preparation is key.

"It could happen down the road if we get roads washing out more than they are right now. The county's been pretty good about keeping those marked and keep them safe to cross like Stemple pass road.  We are just trying to get everyone to start planning and not wait until it's too late."

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