Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Spring Flooding

GCEM Media Release

Release:  180424-01
Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, (406) 582-2395

Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Spring Flooding

Bozeman, MT – Residents in Gallatin County are encouraged to develop a plan on how they will protect their property in case they are affected by spring flooding.  As Gallatin County approaches our usual spring flood season, several contributing factors exist that could lead to flooding affecting homes and property.  As Patrick Lonergan, Gallatin County Emergency Manager explains, “We won’t know for sure if we will be adversely affected by flooding beforehand, however we have several contributing factors primed to support extensive flooding.  We have had significant moisture in the valley floors that is now melted, but the soil in many places appears to be saturated with limited capacity to absorb more water.  This means most new water will flow across the surface of the ground seeking someplace to go.  Additionally, we have a large amount of water contained in the mountain snowpack that we saw the first sign of melting last week.  These are both contributing factors that can lead to flooding that affects our community.”

The part that is unknown is how quickly the mountain snowpack will melt.  The Gallatin Valley typically sees flood impacts when we get a quick temperature change to very hot weather that also keep the night time mountain temperatures above freezing allowing the snowpack to melt continuously.  When this is compounded with significant rainfall like we often see in late spring, the mountain snow pack often overwhelms the small tributaries carrying the water to the main stem rivers and we see flooding.  “The question that we don’t know is how quickly the mountain snow pack will melt, and unfortunately we won’t know that until shortly before those weather patterns occur.  However we know the risk factors exists and now is a good time for people to prepare,” according to Patrick Lonergan.

People in areas near any sort of waterway are encouraged to spend a little time and develop a plan on how they will protect their property should they be affected by flooding.  Waiting until you see flooding begin will almost certainly put you behind the curve in protecting yourselves.  The difference between high water that you’re watching and a flooding situation that is affecting you is a very fine line which often changes very quickly with the highest water levels occurring in the middle of the night.

Unfortunately people are often caught off guard when their property seems fine one moment and they return home, or get up in the morning, and discover their property is flooded.  Officials highly encourage people around waterways to closely keep a watch during high waters and monitor the current weather.  Everyone is highly encouraged to register in the Community Notification System so officials can provide geographic warnings when we see a wide spread issue developing.  A couple minutes spent registering the addresses you care about and how you want to be alerted will help emergency officials ensure they can provide timely warnings directly to those who are affected.  Learn more and register at https://www.readygallatin.com/community-notification-system.

 

 

Time spent beforehand developing a plan on what you would need to do to stop or divert water, what needs to be moved to prevent damage, and where you will obtain supplies is often time well spent.  As Patrick Lonergan explains, “If you think you are going to be affected by flooding, you should act now.  Once flooding occurs, the damage is already done and it is often challenging to limit further damage.”

Information on utilizing sand bags, or plastic wrapped bales, for diverting water is available at https://www.readygallatin.com/flooding.  The best source for bulk sand bags is Bozeman Brick and Tile on Jackrabbit.  We also encourage property owners to keep an eye on waterways to keep them clear of debris allowing as much water as possible to stay in the waterway.  This includes ditches and culverts that often cause issues when they get plugged.

Models Courtesy of the National Weather Service.

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Events for the Montana Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony, May 8

Montana Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony, May 8

10:00-11:00 Honor Guard will be posted at the memorial sites near Three Forks for local officers who have been killed in the line of duty:

  • Broadwater County Sheriff’s Deputy Mason Moore – Highway 287
  •  Trooper David DeLaittre – Montana 2

The public is invited to stop at the sites and pay their respects.

10:30 A marked procession of law enforcement vehicles will start near Wheat Montana, then go past both memorials and through Three Forks. The public is invited to watch the procession.

1:00 – 2:00 Ceremony at the Commons at Baxter and Love. The public is encouraged to attend. The Program is attached.

This is an annual statewide event to honor all current and former law enforcement officers and pay tribute to the courageous men and women who have lost their lives protecting us. It rotates around the state and last year it was in Havre. This year it is in Gallatin County to honor Deputy Mason Moore. It is hosted by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Bozeman Police Department, and the Montana Highway Patrol. All local law enforcement agencies are participating in the ceremony and 500-700 people are expected to attend, including law enforcement agencies from around the state.

The National Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony is at the National Peace Officer’s Memorial in Washington DC on May 15. Mason Moore’s family, Broadwater County Sheriff Meehan, and members of the Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office will be attending.

Contact:

  • Capt Jeff Wade, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, (406) 582-2131
  • Sgt Travis Munter, Bozeman Police Department, (406) 548-5707
  • Sgt Pat McLaughlin, Montana Highway Patrol, (406) 579-3943

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Press Conference Monday – May Law Enforcement Memorial Activities

(Gallatin County, Mont) Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Bozeman Police Department, and Montana Highway Patrol will be hosting a Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony at The Commons on May 8. It will honor all current and former law enforcement officers and pay tribute to the courageous men and women who have lost their lives protecting us.

Sheriff Brian Gootkin, Chief Steve Crawford, and Colonel Tom Butler will hold a press conference on Monday, April 23, at 10:30 in the Gallatin County Detention Center Community Room.

Contact: Capt Jeff Wade, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, (406) 582-2131

Sgt Travis Munter, Bozeman Police Department, (406) 548-5707

Sgt Pat McLaughlin, Montana Highway Patrol, (406) 579-3943

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Manhattan Police Department Seeking Public Assistance

The Manhattan Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying an individual who has been shooting marbles at vehicles traveling on West Main Street in Manhattan. Over the past two weeks, several vehicles have been hit and sustained damage to either the vehicle’s body or windows.  No one has been injured at this time.  The incidents have occurred in the area of the Gallatin Forks apartment complex.

If you have any information that may help in identifying the individual or individuals involved, please contact the Manhattan Police Department at 284-6630, or Crime Stoppers at 586-1131. Persons providing information leading to a conviction may be eligible for a Crime Stopper reward.

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Missing Person

April 20, 2018

 The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is still attempting to locate Danielle Diamond. Danielle was last seen on November 27, 2017 at the Bozeman Public Library. Danielle is 25 years old and described as 5’7”, 140 lbs. with brown hair. Danielle was last seen wearing brown sweatpants and a multi colored beanie. Danielle may have had a bag with her, filled with clothes and essential items. At the time of her disappearance, Danielle was transient and did not have a vehicle or a phone. If you have any information on Danielle’s whereabouts, please contact the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at (406) 582-2121.

 

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Gallatin County Stolen Vehicle Pursuit April 19th

 

 

April 19, 2018

On Thursday morning at about 0700 hours, Gallatin County dispatch received a report of a stolen white Honda Accord, from a Belgrade address.

Belgrade Officers went to the address to take the report and located another vehicle that had been reported stolen from the Billings area.

At about the same time, a Montana Highway Patrol trooper witnessed the Honda Accord exit Jackrabbit Lane and access I-90 east bound.

The trooper began to follow the vehicle and it sped up, exiting at the Airport Interchange. A pursuit was begun which continued south on Jackrabbit Lane, to the Four Corners area.

The pursuit continued south on highway 191 towards the mouth of Gallatin Canyon, where law enforcement chose to discontinue pursuing due to public safety concerns.

A short time later, a deputy in Big Sky intercepted the stolen vehicle and began pursuit again. The vehicle turned onto Lone Mountain Road where due to highs speeds and erratic driving, the pursuit was again; discontinued.

Security personnel near the Huntley Lodge witnessed the vehicle enter the area and kept eyes on the vehicle until it began traveling back down Lone Mountain Road. Law Enforcement were able to block the roads to keep the suspect from accessing Highway 191. In the Meadow Village area, the suspect encountered law enforcement and turned back up Lone Mountain Road. Law Enforcement again began pursuit and continued to about mile marker 8 where the suspect vehicle attempted to ram a MHP trooper’s car. The suspect vehicle and the trooper’s vehicle were both disabled. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

The subject is being held at the Gallatin County Detention Center and should have an initial appearance before a Judge on Friday morning.

 

 

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NATIONAL DRUG TAKE-BACK INITIATIVE

NATIONAL DRUG TAKE-BACK INITIATIVE

Nationwide last fall more than 4,200 local and tribal law enforcement partners had a record-setting

912,305 pounds—456 tons—of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription

drugs brought for disposal to more than 5,300 collection sites. That is almost six tons more than

what was collected at last spring’s event. This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected

by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 9,015,668 pounds, or 4,508 tons, (November 07, 2017, DEA Public

Affairs).

Upcoming Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Saturday, April 28, 2018

615 S. 16th Ave.

Law & Justice Center

Bozeman, MT

10:00 am– 2:00 pm

The Missouri River Drug Task Force is partnering with the Alcohol & Drug Services of

Gallatin County, Community-Coalition On Drug Awareness, Bozeman Elks Lodge #46,

theMontana Elks Drug Awareness Program, and the Drug Enforcement Administration

(DEA) for this National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This is a great opportunity for those who

have missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused

prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

PLEASE DO NOT GIVE US:

NEEDLES & SHARPS,

THERMOMETERS (MERCURY),

OXYGEN CONTAINERS,

PRESSURIZED CANISTERS

CHEMOTHERAPY/RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

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Avalanche Victim Identified

(Gallatin County Mont.) This morning the Office of the Sheriff/Coroner identified yesterday’s avalanche victim as Anthony Saracelli, age 39, of Bozeman.

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Attempt to Locate

(Gallatin County, Mont) At 10:15 this morning, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office took a report that Lyndsey Mae Lalicker failed to exchange custody of her 3-year-old daughter, Lyncia Lalicker, as ordered by the court. Sources state that Lyndsey left the State of Montana on April 13, 2018 with Lyncia, and is possibly traveling to or is located somewhere in the area of Salmon, Idaho. She is possibly driving a 1996 white Toyota Land Cruiser with distinctive white full roof rack and bearing Montana license plates CCG810.

Lyncia is 3 years old, approximately 3ft tall, blue eyes, and is approximately 44 pounds. Lyndsey recently changed the hair color and length of Lyncia’s hair. Lyncia may have brown or blonde hair. Lyndsey is 37 years old, brown eyes and hair, and weighs 150 to 170 pounds. Lyndsey has an active concealed weapons permit and is known to carry firearms in her boots.

If seen, do not approach. Immediately call 911 and notify your local law enforcement.

Contact: Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at 406-582-2100

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Avalanche Fatality near Saddle Peak

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Saturday morning at 11:00, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was dispatched to the area of Saddle Peak just south of the Bridger Bowl Ski area for an avalanche. Witnesses reported seeing an avalanche on Skyline run off Saddle Peak that had caught at least one person. Search and Rescue volunteers at Bridger Bowl were supported by 25 Rescuers, avalanche dogs, and a helicopter. Identification of the victim will be released pending notification of next of kin. The investigation is being conducted by the Sheriff/Coroners Office assisted by the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center.

Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

 

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