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Flathead County officials have declared a state of emergency following flooding and evacuations

Flooding closed parts of River's Edge Park in Columbia Falls earlier this week. Since then, flooding in the area has increased, and Flathead County has declared a state of emergency.
Aaron Bolton
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Flooding closed parts of River's Edge Park in Columbia Falls earlier this week. Since then, flooding in the area has increased, and Flathead County has declared a state of emergency.

Flathead County commissioners declared a state of emergency Wednesday due to flooding from recent heavy rains. The move will give county agencies access to emergency funding.

The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office asked residents in some low-lying areas to evacuate as a precautionary measure earlier this week. The sheriff’s office has also issued evacuation orders for specific areas near the Flathead River over the past couple of days.

County residents can find updates on evacuations on the Flathead County Sheriff’s Facebook page.

Aaron graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism in 2015 after interning at Minnesota Public Radio. He landed his first reporting gig in Wrangell, Alaska where he enjoyed the remote Alaskan lifestyle and eventually moved back to the road system as the KBBI News Director in Homer, Alaska. He joined the MTPR team in 2019. Aaron now reports on all things in northwest Montana and statewide health care.
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