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Flood Stages: What do they mean?

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Flooding continues to impact several areas around Montana and with it comes different flood stages.

The first stage a river or creek would enter is called the 'action stage.' This serves as a warning that flooding could be on the way and you want to start preparing in advance. This includes removing items away from the river and gathering sandbags.

After the action stage, the creek or river could enter the 'minor' stage. This includes having the river come out of its banks, flooding agricultural land and cutting off roads.

At the moderate stage the impact increases. In this case homes can be threatened, but the effects are not as damaging as the major stage.

Once entering major stage, there will be widespread flooding and societal impacts. It goes beyond impacting agricultural and and farmers and can cause some families to be displaced. 

The National Weather Service suggests paying attention to the forecast, and each stage, to stay prepared.

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