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I-90 closed from Hardin to Wyoming border due to flooding

I-90 closed from Hardin to Wyoming border due to flooding

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Interstate 90 closed from Hardin to the Wyoming border in both directions on Saturday, according to the Montana Department of Transportation. 

Traffic closed in both directions due to flooding and water on the roadway. The flooding begins on I-90 just south of Crow Agency and the Highway 212 interchange.  

Just before 4 p.m. on Saturday, there was 100 feet of 4-inch deep water on the roadway, according to MDT. 

The flooding, from the nearby Little Bighorn River, could be from snowmelt runoff and possible ice jams upstream, reported the National Weather Service in Billings.

NWS issued a flood warning for Crow Agency on Saturday just after 6 p.m., which is in effect until Sunday at 6 p.m. Other flooding could affect Highway 212, Crow Agency, Hardin and Lodge Grass near the Little Bighorn River.

The American Red Cross opened up a shelter in Hardin on Saturday night for those displaced or affected by the flooding, according to a press release. The temporary shelter is at the First United Methodist Church at 122 Fifth St. W. and open to everyone. 

Just after 7 p.m. Saturday, the intersection of U.S. 212 and Montana Highway 59 near Broadus was closed west towards I-90 due to flooding.

Other advisories issued Saturday for water on roadways across Montana included: U.S. Highway 2 from Wolf Point and Poplar, and near Malta; Highway 323 south of Ekalaka; U.S. 212 4 miles north of Roberts; MT 78 between Johill and Shane Creek Bridges; U.S. 212 two miles south of Boyd and between Boyd and Roberts; U.S. 191 between Harlowton and Judith Gap; and U.S. 287 at Quake Lake.

MDT advises drivers to use caution when driving through water. 

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