- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Yellowstone County officials say five residents near Laurel have been evacuated from their homes because of flooding.

Emergency services coordinator Duane Winslow says Byam Road was closed Friday due to flooding from the Yellowstone River.

Resident Travis Berumen tells the Billings Gazette (https://bit.ly/1eaHJ7C ) there is 4 feet of water in his basement.

The flooding is from ice jams in the Yellowstone River. The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings and advisories for much of the central and southwestern parts of Montana.

High water washed out a bridge along a rural road south of Ryegate, and authorities were advising residents along the Musselshell River to be ready to evacuate if necessary.

The weather service says the flooding threat will continue into the weekend.


Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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