Storm Water Division

Missoula Flooding Emergencies & Evacuation Areas

If you need immediate assistance contact 911. If your issue is less urgent you can reach the Missoula County Sheriff's office at 406-258-4810. For general flooding inquiries call the public information line at 406-258-4630.

To see the most up-to-date flooding, evacuation, and sandbag volunteer information visit Missoula's InciWeb. As of Friday, May 18th the Missoula County Sheriff is ordering evacuation of the following areas. According to the Sheriff this means you are immediately ordered to leave the area:

  • Tower Street, North of 3rd Street;
  • Kehrwald Drive; 
  • Channel Drive; 
  • Nancy Lou Drive; 
  • Keck Street and Stone Street- North of Flamingo Drive; 
  • Schmidt Road; and 
  • Off Mullan Road;
  • South Harpers Bridge Road;
  • Hamel Road; and
  • Underneath Reserve Street Bridge.

Affected residents should check in at the information trailer set up in the Wheat Montana parking lot on the corner of 3rd Street and Reserve. Please be careful and stay safe. If you see water over-topping the road, do not drive into the flood waters as most flood deaths occur in vehicles. If you come into contact with flood water wash your hands as soon as possible, ensure your family washes their hands prior to eating, and safeguard against waterborne illnesses which may be present in the flood water near your home. For information on hourly flood status, failed septic systems, and other available resources see the flood information center.Image Slideshow Starts with a rain cloud and a car sitting in water with a hyperlink to the Flood Information Center.

Discover Missoula's Levees & Flood Protection

The City of Missoula maintains four levees, two of which are on the Clark Fork River. These levees are structurally sound, safe and secure. They are designed and built for 100-year flood events. City Storm Water Division staff and the City Engineer inspect them twice a year. They completed the spring inspection in April. Every other year, staff from the Army Corps of Engineers inspect the levees with City staff. The Orchard Homes levee is a Missoula County levee.

Find a levee near you with the help of US Army Corps of Engineers.

Everyday Pollutants

Runoff from Missoula properties and streets collect in storm water inlets, flowing directly to our aquifer, rivers, and streams. This runoff can carry pollutants: oil from our cars, fertilizer from our gardens, animal waste, spilled chemicals, trash left on the ground, sediments, and anything else small enough to be picked up by storm water. Together, we are working to reduce these pollutants and keep our rivers and streams safe and clean.

Illicit Discharge

Worried there might be a polluting, illicit discharge in your neighborhood? You can either use the online form or call the general spill reporting number 406-258-4890. Any discharge not comprised entirely of rainfall or snowmelt is illicit and should be reported. Call 911 if reporting an illicit discharge after hours or in the event of a serious hazard to life, property, or environment.

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If you have construction project complaints or suspect illicit discharge, report online anonymously. To reach the general spill hotline during business hours call 406-258-4890, or, for after hours dispatch call 911.