Army Shores up Flood Protection in Missoula

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – The Army Corps of Engineers is adding new rock levees to shore up protection against the Clark Fork River west of Missoula.

Col. Anthony Wright tells the Missoulian that the levees will prevent the river from carving a new channel through the neighborhood.

The Clark Fork River above Missoula peaked at about 12.7 feet on Thursday. A channel spilled over sandbags and flowed into the basements of homes in a subdivision west of Kona Bridge.

Missoula County sheriff’s deputies say homes around Kelly Island and Third Street also were inundated or surrounded.

Elsewhere in the state, a washed-out road left 300 people stranded in Roundup with the Musselshell River projected to surge again this weekend.

Roundup emergency official Jeff Gates says boats are providing supplies to the stranded residents.

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