Montana counties adapt with water supplies still in question


Montana’s southern counties could soon have clean water after last week’s flooding damaged sewage lines and contaminated local water systems triggering boil advisories for much of southern Montana.

The Carbon County Disaster and Emergency Services announced Friday that Edgar’s water boil order was lifted and residents can return to normal water usage.

Similar orders for Red Lodge and Fromberg remain in effect and all drinking water from both towns’ taps should still be boiled for at least a minute before use. Water samples were taken from Red Lodge Monday while Fromberg samples are planned to be taken Thursday.

Gardiner businesses have struggled to open as Montana Governor Greg Gianforte and U.S. Senator Steve Daines meet with FEMA, National Park Service and community members during a tour of flood devastation on Friday.

LARRY MAYER, Billings Gazette

In Red Lodge, a portable water truck is stationed at the Civic Center Parking Lot and bottled water donations from Billings residents have allowed most businesses to re-open with the alternative water supplies.

“Everyone that’s open has been having to do things a little bit differently

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