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Western Montana River Levels Continue to Rise

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MISSOULA - Meteorologists said dangerously high river levels will continue through next week as western Montana receives more rain and warm temperatures.

Meteorologists said mild overnight temperatures will force the majority of the snowpack to melt off in the coming weeks.

They said the high, fast-moving Clark Fork, Bitterroot and Flathead Rivers kick up silt, boulders and other debris, creating hazardous conditions.

They said high water levels also cut into the soil of the river banks.

"You may go up to a river bank and think that it's totally solid and it can slip super easy, and you know, animals, pets, little kids that run up to the water, you should be very cautious," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Leeann Allegretto.

Meteorologists said the Missoula area saw similar snowpack levels and spring flooding back in 2011.

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