The Possibility of Flooding Makes A Lot of Montanan's a little nervous this year

Real Estate Agent with Montana Homestead Brokers, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, RN

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!

sitting on the deck

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Comments (3)

Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

Hi Wanda, Snow pack levels and spring thaw were a big topic of conversation in our office today as we face the same scenario.  Must say, though, your mom in law's cabin looks like it will be gorgeous come spring!

May 03, 2011 03:33 PM
Liz Lockhart
Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO - Cape Girardeau, MO
GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate

Hey, Wanda and Brenda~ Please keep the snow where it is for a bit. We are drowning here in Missouri. In less than a month, Cape Girardeau has had over 20 inches of rain; and that has pushed the Missouri River, the Mississippi River, and the Ohio River to near historic and historic levels. The blast in the Birds Point Levee on the Mississippi only bought us a few days and a few inches. If your snow melts fast or we get more rain in the watershed, the rivers will rise again. May you have sprinkles of sunshine mixed in with still cold temperatures!

May 03, 2011 04:15 PM
Wanda Thomas
Montana Homestead Brokers, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, RN - Billings, MT
Billings Montana Real Estate

@Brenda, I remember when we had flooding and it stopped the highway traffic up north for a week or more.  We've been so dry for so many years I think people are ill prepared.

@Liz, So far it looks like our temperatures will only max out at 70 degrees one day for the next week, that's good for you, or at least better.  My heart goes out to everyone who has to deal with flooding, it's such a horrible disaster.  Keep your powder dry!

May 04, 2011 02:15 AM