3 Weeks Ago Flood Insurance Was A Hot Topic On The Project, with snow-pack levels at near record levels the irrigation project community worried that snow-melt would be a huge impact. Little did anyone know it was going to rain 4 to 9 inches above the tiny creeks that feed this community and flood the whole area!
Shock and dispair at the once trickle creek beds to wide river flows taking out building, cars, cows and roads. It's hard to believe that all that water would come so fast and so strong.
The aerial pictures that the county emergency crew representatives are taking from helicopters and air planes in the last couple of days will be blown up and mounted at the county courthouse to document the water takeover of lots of land. This will help people who may want to build someday on bare land, determine if their home would be in a flood plane.
On topic, what about flood insurance? Did people succeed in their purchase? Did they do it in time? I understand that insurance must be purchased at least 30 days ahead of time in order to assist with flood damage. The Yellowstone River is swelling, hard to tell just how much trouble this will cause, but it looks to be at least as big of a problem as in 1997.
Interstate 90, the major thoroughfare east of Billings headed to Wyoming is under water in Hardin, nothing is moving. This flooding is primarily from the Little Bighorn River.
I tried to tell my kids about how floods had shut down traffic when I was in College, back in the old days. The Great Falls area was so bad, I couldn't get from East to West, just no way to make it. That was in 1975 I think.
I have to wonder with the horrible tornado's in the middle part of our country, with death and destruction at record levels, should the science of climate change take some priority?
From someone grateful that my home is safe, for now.