Flooding forces evacuations in Red Lodge and other areas, numerous bridges washed out

Billings Gazette

Torrential rains and flooding in the Red Lodge area has washed out numerous bridges and forced the closure of Highway 308 into the area, according to the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office.

“The water is extremely dangerous,” and there are several closures in the city of Red Lodge, the sheriff said in a Monday morning Facebook post.

In Red Lodge, resident John Clayton was awakened at about 5 a.m. Monday by a bang on his door. A neighbor was asking that a parked car be moved so they could get away from the rapidly rising Rock Creek, which flows from the Bighorn Mountains through the mountain community.

Clayton lives at 13th Street West and Haggin Avenue near the creek.

“Thirteenth Street has become a new channel for Rock Creek,” Clayton said. “All the basements on my street have been flooded.”

In Joliet, resident Kristan Apodaca stood across the street from the washed out Highway 308 bridge wiping away tears as she talked on her cellphone.

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