Sandbagging and social media



Missoula County and the mayor's office have been working overtime to keep residents aware of rising local rivers and how to help, but social media is also playing a part.

The Sandbagging on Tower Facebook page started calling for volunteers yesterday, and is looking for more help through 11 tonight. Reading through the comments shows that locals are responding — 32 have already marked they are "attending" the effort.

You can also visit the neighborbood's Facebook page to see a photo gallery of the flooding.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office issued an evacuation warning for residents in "significantly affected areas." Those residents are urged to find alternate housing accommodations before conditions get worse. The High Water Public Information Line, 258-4636, can provide residents with guidelines to follow when evacuating their homes. From the release:

Currently, the Clark Fork River is expected to level off tomorrow. The river is projected to crest at 12.6 feet within 24 to 36 hours. The Bitterroot River is cresting currently. Both rivers will remain running very high for the foreseeable future.

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