HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – Earlier this week, the Hill County Commissioners held a meeting with the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to discuss how to start a floodplain study along the Milk River to identify possible trouble spots and talk about ways to prevent or mitigate floods.
Commissioner Mark Peterson says they also want to identify what areas of Hill County would be effected by a levee breach and what evacuation routes might be cut off.
“How would it impact the railroad? How would it impact businesses? And if you look at the downtown area, basically the Dairy Queen north and then follow the hill. So a very, very, very high percentage of the downtown business area could be impacted.”
Peterson says they are looking for people who want to participate in these studies to help prevent flooding in Hill County.
“Hill County will look at trying to put together a Flood Committee. There’ll be business people, government people. Don’t know how big a committee at this point. We don’t even know what it’s going to look like or, really, what its main charge is going to be. But they’ll start to learn about flooding and what can be done to keep it from happening.”
Peterson says the point of these studies is to provide them with more knowledge about how potential floods in the area may behave.