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Bitterroot flood warning

FLOOD WARNING
Warning Issue Date: 1110 AM MDT TUE MAY 27 2014
Warning Expiration: 1000 AM MST WED MAY 28 2014


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MISSOULA HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WARNING FOR BITTERROOT RIVER NEAR DARBY IN...
CENTRAL RAVALLI COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL MONTANA...

* UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

* MINOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST.  THE
RIVER IS EXPECTED TO APPROACH 8.0 FEET BY TOMORROW AFTERNOON.

* FLOOD STAGE IS 7.5 FEET.

* AT 8.0 FEET...FLOODING TO LOW LYING AREAS ADJACENT TO THE RIVER
WILL OCCUR.FLOODING CAN ALSO BE EXPECTED TO INUNDATE SEVERAL
COUNTY ROADS THAT ARE PRONE TO FLOODING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. NEVER DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO
AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. FLOOD WATERS ARE USUALLY
DEEPER THAN THEY APPEAR. JUST ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER IS POWERFUL
ENOUGH TO SWEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED
ROADS MAKE THE SMART CHOICE...TURN AROUND...DONT DROWN.