Red Lodge power restored as Rock Creek slowly recedes in unprecedented flood

Billings Gazette

Rock Creek has crested and flood levels have declined slightly in Red Lodge a day after water tore through the southeast side of town following the 19th Street Bridge’s collapse.

“It’s still a river flowing” down the streets, said resident John Clayton whose house was flooded. “But it’s an almost fordable river now.”

The creek was forecast to crest Monday afternoon around 1 p.m., but 80-degree temperatures are predicted for later in the week raising concerns that the tragedy is not yet over.

“I’m not sure we’re out of the woods yet,” Clayton said.

Although power was out from around 2 p.m. to 11:35 p.m., NorthWestern Energy crews had electricity restored for customers by the time they awoke. A powerline to the town was compromised by the flooding taking out power to about 2,441 customers. Power remained out to isolated residences and for about 108 customers in the Luther and Roscoe area, according to a NorthWestern spokesperson. Today, crews will be working on a permanent fix.

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