Thursday, 11 a.m. – Rivers around Madison County are spilling over their banks and causing problems.
At this point the flood damage seems to be mainly isolated to roads and low-lying pastures, according to Madison County Communications Coordinator Steve DiGiovanna. However, county officials haven’t been able to assess all the flooding around the county. Some houses are threatened by rising water, but DiGiovanna didn’t know of any being inundated by flood waters at this time.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the Big Hole River near Melrose is in a minor flood stage and still rising. It’s reach major flood stage early Friday.
The U.S.G.S is also predicting the Beaverhead River near Twin Bridges will reach flood stage Friday morning as well.
The Ruby River is also causing some concern both above and below the dam, DiGiovanna said. At this time, flows in the Ruby River above the reservoir are about 1,300 cubic feet per second. Below the reservoir flows are about 1,550 cfs.
The Silver Springs road is flooded on both sides of the bridge, but the water isn’t over the bridge, he said.
“The Ruby River right now is flowing about as much as it can flow and still be holding its own,” DiGiovanna said.
Keep checking back to The Madisonian’s website for more information. Or go to Madison County’s emergency management website.