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Celebrating the end of flood season in Missoula

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MISSOULA - As the final pallets of sandbags were emptied, residents celebrated the end of a long, historic flood season.

Jack Dallman, a Tower Street resident, says he and his neighbors have been through a lot in the last few months. Historic floodwaters swept through Tower Street and surrounding areas in April.

Three months later, Dallman is finally clearing out the sandbags and ready for his property to dry up. He'd been storing his and his neighbor's sandbags on his property.

"These nice people volunteered to help get rid of them for us," he says.

Volunteer Jennifer Stephens has been helping out since the beginning. She says the community response has been remarkable.

"Hundreds of people and tons of businesses donated time and money and food and supplies for this effort across the flood season," she says.

Wednesday, people helped clear properties and unload sandbags. It was also the last day to drop off sandbags at Hawthorne Elementary.

Dallman says he's relieved to see the waters recede.

"I mean, it started to recede and then all of a sudden a day later, two days later, it would start all over again," he says. "And then you think, well, should I have picked the sandbags up or should I lay them back down again? Yeah, it was a really long season."

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