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Orchard Homes Residents Prepare For Flooding

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MISSOULA - After significant flooding in 2011, emergency responders are trying to prepare people living in the Orchard Homes neighborhood for potential flooding. The Missoula County Sheriff's Office and Office of Emergency Management hosted an informational flood booth on Wednesday.

Right now flooding is only a possibility, but residents who experienced flooding in the past say it's never too early to prepare.

The melting snow pack and rising waters have many homeowners in Orchard Homes, like Kathy Galbavy, wasting no time preparing their property for flooding.

"We thought we better do this in case," Galbavy said.

This isn't Galbavy's first time on flood watch.

"We got a pretty good flood and hopefully this year we won't," Galbavy said.

In 2011 a portion of the Orchard Homes neighborhood, on Kehrwald Drive and Tower Street, experienced significant flooding.

"It was, I think pretty bad. It washed out our road in front, and there was gas lines exposed on the road," Galbavy said.

This year sand bags lining homes in the area show many homeowners are already taking precautions to keep their homes safe from flooding.

"We're on about an acre of land, and we have them from the garage to the mailbox, from the mailbox clear to the end of the driveway," Galbavy said.

On Wednesday the Missoula County Sheriff's Office and Office of Emergency Management came together to give residents resources and guidance in protecting their property.

"We predict this year, with the heavily pact snow in the mountains, that it's likely going to flood again this year, so we just thought this was an opportunity to reach out to residents and let them know what resources are available to protect their homes and property," said Paige Pavalone with the Missoula County Sheriff's Office.

An informational booth was set up informing them where they can get sand and sand bags, the latest information on the weather, and how conditions could impact area residents.

"We just want people to be as informed as possible, and make best decisions that they can in the event that there is flooding," Pavalone said.

As residents, like Galbavy wait and see if floods hit, they say for now, all they can do is prepare.

"We'll all help each other, so start sand bagging if you think you're going to get flooded," Galbavy said.

If you missed Wednesday flood information booth, but want to find resources to help you prepare your home, head to Missoula's Office of Emergency Management.

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