East Rosebud cabin owners have stranded vehicles helicoptered out

Twenty-three vehicles were helicoptered from East Rosebud Lake on July 21, an area where they were trapped when flooding in mid-June destroyed the only road in.

“It was actually quite the operation,” said John Miller, an East Rosebud Creek neighbor who volunteered to help shuttle cars. “It was really impressive to watch the guy fly that helicopter.”

A three-quarter ton diesel truck had to be left behind because it was too heavy for the Black Hawk HH 60L helicopter from Central Copters in Belgrade to lift. Another vehicle was buried deep in flood debris and rock.

“It’s practically part of the landscape,” said Teresa Erickson, president of the East Rosebud Lake Homeowners Association.

The cabins are located in the small community of Alpine, about 13 miles southwest of Roscoe in Carbon County. Many were originally owned by Billings residents.

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