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Chance of Flooding Memorial Day Weekend

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MISSOULA - The warmer temperatures are causing Western Montana rivers to rise, and experts have a close eye out for flooding.

National Weather Service officials said right now, the Clark Fork, Flathead and Bitterroot rivers are their biggest concerns.

They said the Bitterroot River could reach flood stages, and the Clark Fork River could get close to flooding this Memorial Day Weekend, but it should only be minor.

"When we get out into the first weeks in June, we really start watching out for big rain events, because when you have snow melt filling the rivers as high as they are, it doesn't take a lot of rain to cause a big flood concern," said Ray Nickless, a hydrologist for the National Weather Service.

They said the first weeks of June is when they're most concerned about flooding and flash floods. With the rising water levels experts also advise you not to go in the river this Memorial Day, unless you are in a boat or wearing a life jacket.

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