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Residents prepare as flood warning issued in Missoula

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A flood warning has been issued in Missoula and the Clark Fork River is expected to crest Monday morning after a weekend of rain. The National Weather Service issued the warning for the Clark Fork River for low lying areas adjacent to the river. Flood waters are expected to rise and flood streets in the Orchard Homes area, specifically the north end of Tower Street, including Kehrwald Drive and Stone Street. Residents on that end of Tower Street are no strangers to flooding. They saw significant flooding in the area in 2011. Many of them spent the weekend filling sandbags and preparing their property. Thomas Ernst lives on more than two acres of at the end of Tower Street. His preparations started last week. "Chances of not flooding are like the chances of me finding a bag full of money on the highway," Ernst joked as he sat on a pile of sandbags Thursday.

Over the weekend his sandbag piles grew taller and for good reason. The adjacent Tower Street Conservation Area is already seeing flooding as sections of the Clark Fork begin to spill over into the trails. 

The flood warning is expected to remain in place until Tuesday morning. A reminder to residents - do not enter or cross flowing water of unknown depth. And turn around, don't drown if you encounter flooded roads.

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