Weather Wise: Flood Season
When planning events for Memorial Day Weekend, most folks probably added an umbrella to the list of items they made sure to bring with them.
Paul Spengler, Lewis and Clark Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator says, "People shouldn't be disappointed when we have a cool, wet Memorial Day Weekend because that's right in the middle of the rainy season and that's to be expected."
Spengler says that not only are we in the middle of the rainy season, but also flood season, but he says this year floods might not be an issue for the Helena valley.
"We're way behind in moisture we're more concerned about wildfires than we are about floods at this point in time."
He says even though a flood is not likely this year, folks should always be prepared.
"You can always have a flood if you get a lot of water in a short period of time."
Spengler says Helena sits on a flood plain, so if the valley is hit with a ton of rain the flooding will start slowly from neighboring bodies of water.
"A gradual flood, then it will exceed the banks for streams, Prickly Pear, Silver and Ten Mile Creeks and Helena valley. Then what it's going to do is just spread out all over in the flood plain area.”
So he says to have a plan, just in case.
"If they're in a flood plain or near the flood plain, they want to have flood insurance. You can't wait till the waters are rising. You've got to buy flood insurance 30 days before the flood occurs. It takes 30 days to become effective."
Even though the rainy season has been dry, he says anything can happen. And now you're a little more Weather Wise.
Story by Kelley Smith, Beartooth NBC.
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