Gallatin County was luckier than some of its neighbors in terms of impacts from this week’s flooding, but it didn’t escape unscathed.
Austin McDowell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Great Falls, said the Gallatin River at Gallatin Gateway peaked on Monday night, and that water levels continued to fall Tuesday.
The Gallatin River at Logan was expected to peak Tuesday evening, McDowell added, and the surrounding area will be in a minor flood stage until around Wednesday at noon.
The county had closed a handful of bridges and roads because of the flooding.
The Road and Bridge Department closed the Williams Bridge around noon on Monday.
On Tuesday, Kevin Larsen, the operations and training manager for Gallatin County emergency management, said the bridge was now deemed “unusable,” and will have to be replaced once flooding recedes.
The county also closed a stretch of Axtell Gateway Road between Axtell Anceny Road and Gateway South Road around 7 a.m. Tuesday.
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“We got pretty darn lucky compared to our neighbors in the east,” Larsen said.
Larsen stressed that water on roadways and closures are “dynamic and quickly changing.”
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