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Missoula College class volunteers for flooded neighborhood

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People throughout the community are pitching in to help residents in flooded neighborhoods in Missoula. 

Tuesday, a group of volunteers from the Heavy Equipment Program at Missoula College was out lending a hand in the Tower Street Neighborhood. It's one of the hardest hit areas in Missoula County.

The group worked most of the afternoon to fill and set out sandbags to protect homes from the muddy, cold waters from the overflowing Clark Fork River. 

"We just decided to give these folks a hand down here," said program director Joe Janssen. "They didn't seem like they were getting any help. We've got plenty of guys around so I brought a few of them out of our program."

Janssen said after seeing news of the flooding hitting the area, he knew his program could help. Their goal on Tuesday was to fill and place enough sandbags to protect three homes. Neighbors were more than grateful to have the help. 

And one former neighbor decided to lend a hand too. Nick Jones used to live on Tower Street; he's all too familiar with the spring flooding. He offered to pitch in too, and even ordered pizza for the crew.

"If I was in that spot I would hope that someone would help me," Jones said. "So it's one of those things, you give a little, you take a little. The more people out there are helping the community, the better a community we can be."

The American Red Cross of Montana opened an evacuation shelter for those who decide to leave their homes. The shelter is at Christ the King Catholic Church on 1400 Gerald Avenue in Missoula. It opened at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday.

More than 20 Missoula County homes are currently impacted by the flooding.

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