Missoula County Flood Resource List
Current forecasts predict that river levels will continue to rise and peak Saturday morning. Levels are then expected to remain below the major flood stage through the weekend.
The Office of Emergency Management hotline: 406-258-INFO (4636). The line is staffed from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. Our RSVP volunteers are continuing to help the County manage these calls.
Missoula County’s Flood Information webpage: https://www.missoulacounty.us/government/public-safety/office-of-emergency-management/des/flood-safety
Below is a list of RESOURCES for those affected by the floods or those looking to help:
Flooding resources from Missoula County:
- Preparing to Evacuate: https://www.missoulacounty.us/home/showdocument?id=28826
- Flood Safety: https://www.missoulacounty.us/home/showdocument?id=28820
- Public Safety: https://www.missoulacounty.us/home/showdocument?id=28836
- Drinking Water & Sanitation: https://www.missoulacounty.us/home/showdocument?id=28836
- Sandbags & Property Protection: https://www.missoulacounty.us/home/showdocument?id=28824
- Request for Disaster Assistance form: https://veoci.com/veoci/p/form/gwpd53qgx6dk#tab=entryForm
- Daily flood fact sheets and other info can be found here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5787/
More details below:
HELP for MISSOULIANS
[Warning: People are urged to not recreate in the water and to avoid driving through flooded areas as the water may be deeper than it appears.]
- The American Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter at Christ the King Church, 1400 Gerald Ave. in Missoula. (406) 258-4636. Our RSVP volunteers are working here as well, to provide assistance. The Seeley Lake shelter is at the Mission Bible Fellowship, 3158 Montana Highway 83. [Red Cross number: 1-800-272-6668]
- The Missoula YMCA is offering free access to their facilities (showers, child watch, group exercise classes, family fun time, etc) for flood evacuees. Evacuees may register for a free pass at the Missoula Y, located at 3000 South Russell Street. (406) 721-9622
Missoula County Detention Center: Sandbags can be picked up in the east parking lot, 2340 Mullan Road. Limited supply of filled sandbags are currently available.
Frenchtown Fire Station 1: Self-fill sandbag station, filled and unfilled sandbags and sand are available at 16875 Marion Street in Frenchtown
East Missoula Fire Department: Self-fill sandbag station, filled and unfilled sandbags and sand are available at 314 Montana Ave. in East Missoula
Seeley Lake: Sandbags can be obtained at the Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Department.
- Drinking Water: Missoula Water is providing access to drinking water via a Culligan water truck at Wheat Montana, 2520 S. 3rd Street W.
HELP for ANIMALS
[Warning: Pet owners are strongly advised to keep their animals away from the water/river. Currents are strong and can carry away animals.]
- Housing for pets: Missoula Animal Control is assisting with temporary housing for cats and dogs. For LIVESTOCK, they can direct you to volunteers who are helping provide temporary shelter. (406) 541-7387
- Care for companion animals: The Humane Society says they can help people who are in need of emergency care for companion animals due to flooding. (406) 549-3934
HEALTH and SAFETY
- Bacteria and viruses from septic systems can be found in floodwater can cause illness and infection
- Chemicals like household cleaners, pesticides and lawn care products carried around by floodwater can irritated skin and cause rashes and allergic reactions
- The Health Department recommends making sure your tetanus shots are up to date. Their walk-in clinics offer vaccinations on a sliding fee scale. (406) 258-3363
- Keep pets and animals away from the rising waters. Playtime with pets should be enjoyed away from the river’s edge and on high ground according to the Humane Society and Animal Control.
- Law enforcement urges people to not partake in recreation activities on rising waters as it threatens the lives of participants and of rescue teams and officers who would respond during the likely event that something goes awry.
- Resource Donations: The County asks that people or business looking to donate resources (sand, sandbags, bottled water, etc.) fill out the online form at http://bit.ly/ResourceDonations.
- Monetary Donations: Visit www.MissoulaUnitedWay.org/donate to donate money to the 2018 flood fund. People can also make monetary donations through the Red Cross at www.redcross.org/Montana, by calling 1-800-272-6668 or mailing a check to 1300 28th Street South, Great Falls, MT 59405. (Note: Red Cross accepts single cases of water and pre-packaged shelf-stable food, but is unable to accept other donations.)
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