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As levels in the Musselshell River continue to drop, city and county officials are continuing to try to reopen Number 4 Road to connect stranded residents to the town of Roundup.

Number 4 Road has been closed since Saturday night, when the river breached a dike built along the road, flooding the low-lying area. 

"They're going to try and pump as much water as they can and then drivers will be able to be flagged across," said Jolene Sealey, deputy Disaster and Emergency Services coordinator.

According to Sealey, there is no timeline for when the road will be reopened, but they are working as hard as they can because she knows people are eager to leave their homes. 

"Number 4 is our first priority," she said.

Highway 87 and 12 have both been reopened, but some county roads remain closed. 

Officials are also working to reinforce the dike along Number 4 Road that was breached Saturday, but work is slow going. 

"It's just so mushy they're doing whatever they can to get the material over there," she said. 

The National Weather Service predicts weather with highs in the mid-50s and lows near or above freezing for the rest of the week in Roundup, which has people worried. 

"If we get these nice hot days, who knows what's going to start running," she said. 

The level of the river has dropped a foot and a half since Tuesday. The river is now 9.16 feet. Flood stage is 10 feet. 

"We're thankful that we went down enough that we can handle some more," she said.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service’s water supply outlook report, snowpack along the Musselshell River Basin is 147 percent of normal.

Near the confluence of the Yellowstone River and the Missouri, ice jams have continued to block water, but the power of the Yellowstone has diminished.

"It’s made some new channels, so I believe the water is going around them," said Deb Gilbert, DES coordinator for Richland county. 

The ice jams will probably melt where they sit, she said. 

So far, Gilbert said she heard of only one home with water in their basement, and they were able to keep the water under control.

About 15 homes in Glendive spent time without power after the Yellowstone took out several power poles on its way through the town, but all electricity has now been restored, said Mary Jo Gehnert, Dawson County DES coordinator. 

All residents have been returned to their homes, and waters have receded.

"Things are looking good," she said. 

Some roads in both towns remain closed, because of damage, but neither have any major highways with reported closures.

In Big Horn County, along the banks of the Little Big Horn River, crews are cleaning up. 

"The road guys are back out putting thing back in shape," said DES coordinator Ed Auker.

The crews are doing normal work, preparing the roads for spring he said and all county roads have been opened back up.

In Yellowstone County, only two roads remain closed. Razor Creek Road, and Mailbox Road are closed, but should reopen by the end of the week, according to DES Coordinator Dwane Winslow.

"We haven’t heard of any flooding or any issues since Monday," he said.

While the low lying snow has mostly disappeared, the mountain snowpack hasn't started melting yet.

The snowpack in the Yellowstone River Basin is 141 percent of normal, according to the USDA.

"We’re not expecting anything to pick up right now," he said. "The next thing will be in May." 

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Chris Cioffi covers city news for The Billings Gazette in Montana.