Seeley Swan Pathfinder -


By Andi Bourne

Precautions Issued for Flooding

Tips to prepare and protect public health


Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder

Residents of Poverty Flats along Highway 83 saw significant flooding April 29 as the Clearwater River swelled over its banks. A longtime resident on the west side of the highway said the water was deeper than he'd ever seen, including the spring of 1997.

SEELEY LAKE - After last summer's fires and the heavy snowfall this winter, many residents around Seeley Lake are now flooded or threatened with flood waters. The rivers continue to rise as the snowpack in the mountains slowly begins to melt. The flooding is not only affecting homes but also washing out roads, creating mudslides and threatening bridges.

The North Fork Jocko (667) SNOTEL Site at 6,330 feet reported a snow depth of 156 inches with a snow water equivalent of 57.8 inches April 2. While the snow depth has settled 22 inches, the snowpack has gained seven more inches of water cont...

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