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March 6 Headlines
-Early morning trailer fire claims life of Lincoln resident
-Vet Center van visti cancelled
-Recent warm weather, rain raises concern
- My Smart Mouth: Community
- Food For Thought: 10 Day Corned Beef
- Soaking it in: Fire and emergency facts fascinate POUNCE kids
- This is Montana: Powder River Country
- 1985 Lincoln High graduate Fryberger earns distinction with Washington State Patrol
- Lincoln student among those honored with DAR award
- Lincoln Out of Date
- Montana Centennial Train reunion event planned
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Recent warm weather, rain raises concern
Recent warm weather accompanied by rain that has fallen throughout the region has prompted concerns about both avalanches and flooding.
According to a West Central Montana Avalanche Advisory issued Tuesday, March 4, avalanche danger is rated as considerable on slopes 30 degrees or steeper. The advisory warned that new, wet, heavy snow has loaded the steep slopes with unstable snow.
Although the advisory only extends east to the Swan Range, it warns that rain, such as Lincoln experienced Monday, will have the immediate effect of further destabilizing the snowpack.
Conditions prompted the Ponderosa Snow Warriors snowmobile club to warn snowmobilers to avoid hillsides with slopes in excess of 30 degrees, particularly those with few trees. The warning also noted that snowmobilers should be sure to wear their avalanche beacons and to have a shovel and probe on hand.
In Feb. 2003 two snowmobilers were caught in an avalanche in the Copper Bowls . One snowmobiler died in the incident, another was rescued when friends traced his beacon.
February’s accumulation of deep snow, particularly at lower elevations, has also raised flooding concerns.
At the Upper Blackfoot Valley Community Council meeting Monday March 3, Chairman Bill Frisbee noted that Vice Chairman Zach Muse, Lewis and Clark County Commissioner Susan Goode Geise and Public Works Director Eric Griffin were unable to make the meeting because they were taking part in an emergency preparedness discussion in Helena regarding the anticipated flooding.
Frisbee said the hope is that the county will preposition piles of sand in the area for use in filling sandbags should the need arise.
He also noted the county has been in contact with the Montana Department of Transportion regarding removal of the snowbanks along Highway 200. Not only do they present a hazard to drivers, Frisbee said if they are left in place, there is the potential for flooding businesses and residences along the highway.