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Homeless people rescued from flooding Clark Fork

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MISSOULA - An emergency crew helped rescue homeless people who were trapped on the small island under the Reserve Street bridge.

On Thursday morning, a few homeless people had not evacuated the area, which is a homeless encampment for much of the year. 

Missoula Assistant Chief of Operations Jeff Brandt said that on Thursday morning, a few people had not left the Reserve Street island, and were surrounded by high waters.

One man couldn't get off the island alone, and members of a joint task force put on dry suits and went out to safely help the man onto dry land.

Brandt estimated that about 8 or 9 people had been living in the area before this morning's surge, and a few people had remained to try to help the man who was stuck.

He also said that the county is working with utility companies, and Northwestern Energy shut off gas to more than 50 homes as a precaution. 

Citizens are also warned not to go near any kind of downed utility lines, and to always assume a downed line is live.

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