Monday, 4 p.m. – As temperatures drop, officials in both Twin Bridges and Ennis are gearing up local residents for potential flooding from ice jams in the Madison and Beaverhead Rivers.
In Twin Bridges officials are concerned the river will rise as it did last Monday night and top the reinforced levies.
In Ennis, Highway 287 south of town has been closed intermittently throughout the day as water from the Madison River flows across the roadway creating ice problems and navigation issues for all but the stoutest vehicles. Officials are also concerned that water levels in the main river could rise and cause some flooding within town.
County emergency response officials are working with town officials and fire department personnel to help notify residents of the potential hazard, said Madison County Communications Coordinator Steve DiGiovanna in a email released at 3:30 p.m.
The National Weather Service in Great Falls has a flood warning in effect for both the Ennis and Twin Bridges area.