We know the winter's been more snowy than the past 10 to 15 years, and the mountains have lots of snow. All that snow melts, and flows down either to the Pacific Ocean or the Gulf Coast. We watch the down river states and cringe at the amount of water they're dealing with this year. Today a levy was even blasted open to protect the larger population center along the Missouri, at the cost of the smaller population and farm land.
There's a big meeting tonight in the Huntley Montana area to discuss how to purchase flood insurance, and what happens if it floods. Flood insurance must be paid in advance, at least 30 days before the flood in order for the insurance to benefit the insured.
The big question for us is more about the sun rather than the rain. If we warm up quickly and the sun shines for even a week, we're in trouble, big trouble. If we're lucky, we'll have some sun, mixed in with a few cloudy days to keep the temperature down. This results in a slower melt, and the river beds seem to be able to manage.
So while I've been hoping for some warmer weather, to plant my garden, I'm willing to wait a few more weeks so my low lying neighbors can take a breather in cooler weather.
Here's a picture of my husband sitting on the deck of his Mom's cabin located on Rock Creek, just North of Red Lodge Montana. He's huddled down in his coat, with his microbrew beer, hoping for the sun to shine, just not too much!