Some flooding is beginning to occur in low-lying areas in Yellowstone County as the raging, murky, debris-filled water of the Yellowstone River is nearing its expected crest of 14.8 feet in the Billings area this afternoon (6/14). Water is now spilling over the riverbank in places around the County. The Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office provided an update on closures at 1 pm Tuesday.

Photo credit Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office
Photo credit Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office
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All fishing access sites in Yellowstone County are now closed.

According to the YCSO Facebook post, all fishing access sites are now closed as well as the following roads:

  • Byam Road (Clark's Fork river)
  • Theil Road (south of Laurel)
  • Some areas around East Bridge (Lockwood)

Riverfront Park and Norms Island are closed, as is Riverside Park in Laurel. The Sheriff's Office reassured the public that the construction bridge on the I-90/Lockwood bridge site is stable at this time, and a plan is in place if conditions deteriorate. Sandbags and sand have been staged at Blue Creek & Worden Fire Departments. Please view the river from a distance. Banks are soft and the water pressure has eroded several places.

Photo by Jill Exner, used with permission
Photo by Jill Exner, used with permission
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Red Lodge residents are beginning a massive clean-up effort.

My friend Jill Exner shared the photo above that was taken on Tuesday afternoon. It shows the south end of Broadway where water was raging down the street yesterday, flooding a large portion of the mountain town. Rocks and debris are strewn everywhere. Earlier today, Governor Greg Gianforte declared a state disaster.

Read More: Gov Gianforte Declares Statewide Disaster for Montana Flooding

LOOK: Historic 2022 Flooding in Southern Montana Not Soon to Be Forgotten

Widespread flooding wiped out roads, bridges, buildings, and powerlines throughout riverside communities from Yellowstone National Park and Paradise Valley to Red Lodge. The Yellowstone River winding through Billings crested Tuesday, June 14, 2022. At 11:30 a.m. the National Weather Service in Billings reported the river rose above flood stage and was forecasted to hit 14.7 feet, nearly hitting the 15-foot record set in 1997.