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NWS warns residents to prepare now for future flooding

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GREAT FALLS -

The warm weather feels great after the harsh winter, however, it has caused many issues for those along the rivers in Central Montana and now they have issued more warnings.

The National Weather Service said that the water isn't at too high, but residents should be prepared for a change to happen at any moment, especially if it rains.

Tuesday, the waters were relatively calm in some areas, but in others, they were high and moving fast.
The NWS will keep an eye on several rivers near Great Falls. 

The following areas are still under a flood watch:
They include the Big Hole River, the Sun River and Saint Mary's River at the border.
NWS Meteorologist Roger Martin told KFBB the rivers are on a slow rise but with the warmer temperatures and rain, the flood waters could spread and impact more areas. This means residents need to prepare themselves.

“For farmers and ranchers you know protecting equipment and livestock those are some of the important things because agricultural land is going to flood first and then as the waters continue to rise then we will start seeing impacts on roads like highway 200,” said Martin.

Martin warns residents to make preparations now, so they don't have an uphill battle when it does flood.
He said residents can use sandbags to help divert water from homes and they should also move farming equipment and livestock to safe areas.

We asked about the risk of flash flooding due to the high river, but he explains that it would only be an issue if the rain fell heavily for a long time, and the ground was already fully saturated. It is all up to Mother Nature.

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