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Gallatin County Emergency Management

Current Information

River Channel Migration Zone Mapping Meeting

East Gallatin River

The draft report and maps for the channel migration & flood hazard mapping project are ready for the Gallatin and East Gallatin Rivers!

Tony Thatcher & Karin Boyd will be taking us on a trip down these important, dynamic waterways and talking about how those rivers function, some highlights of their discoveries during mapping, how and why the maps were developed, and how these maps are being used.

We will be looking for landowner/stakeholder feedback on the maps and reports for accuracy, and anything that is happening on the rivers that we may have missed.  Within the next week or so, you will receive a digital copy of the drafts to review prior to the meeting.  The draft report and maps will then be at the Gallatin Conservation District office for you to review and make recommendations if needed before the final products are produced.

Flood Hazard Mapping Meeting
Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 1:30 PM
Gallatin Conservation District
120 South 5th
Manhattan, Montana

We hope you can join us, and pass along this information to your mailing lists of interested parties, stakeholders, local decision makers, etc.

Draft plans can be obtained here.

Spring Flood Season Approaching

Residents in Gallatin County are encouraged to prepare their property for spring flooding.  Southwest Montana is rapidly approaching spring runoff and once this occurs the possibility of flooding at any point will be present.  Officials recommend property owners prepare for flooding before spring runoff starts.  Once the runoff begins flowing it is often difficult to properly prepare your property and if flooding does occur, it is to late to protect your property.

Gallatin County recommends that residents in areas prone to flooding talk with their insurance agents about flood insurance.  If someone is considering flood insurance, now is the time to do it and have it take effect in time.  Flood insurance has a 30 day waiting period after purchasing a policy before your policy becomes active.  So don’t wait until it floods to get insurance, it will be too late.

Local officials also recommend preparing waterways around your property so they can accommodate as much water as possible.  We recommend clearing ditches and culverts of any debris that may have formed over the winter.  If larger projects are warranted on waterways, a permit will be required so start the process soon.

Residents that routinely see their property flooded should identify the materials they will need, such as sandbags, to properly protect themselves and stockpile it ahead of time.  Once flooding occurs it is often difficult to procure the proper supplies fast enough, so we recommend preparing ahead of time.

Additional information on flooding is available at: https://www.readygallatin.com/community-resources/preparedness-information/flooding-in-gallatin-county/.

Flooded House on Rouse Ave.

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River Channel Migration Zone Mapping Meeting

River Channel Migration Zone Mapping Meeting

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Spring Flood Season Approaching

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