Series of weather events set up extreme flooding

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Meteorologists on Monday said a series of significant weather events during an unusual spring season created water levels “never … observed before” in high mountain areas that translated to destructive flooding around Montana.

As officials evacuated Red Lodge residents and Yellowstone National Park closed its entrances due to extreme flooding, forecasters with the National Weather Service said larger towns downriver were set to see peak river flows starting Monday evening.

In neighboring southwest Montana, Jim Brusda, lead meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Great Falls, says three contributing factors lead to rivers rapidly rising.

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