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The Yellowstone River rose above flood stage at Livingston Wednesday, but no serious problems were reported.

"We are still OK," said Belinda Van Nurden, Park County Disaster and Emergency Services director. "It's over its banks in low areas, but it's doing what it's supposed to do."

No structures are threatened she said. The excess water is overflowing into fields.

High temperatures have sent mountain snows into area river basins at above-average rates this week, and high water is expected to continue for the rest of the week.

In addition to flood warnings posted for the Yellowstone at Livingston, the National Weather Service also issued a flood watch for the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone and Rock Creek in Carbon County.

Flood stage at Livingston is 8.5 feet. About 10 a.m. Wednesday, water was hitting the river gauge at 8.83 feet. The Yellowstone peaks in the morning, then tends to fall off in the afternoon, reflecting lower temperatures in the mountains during the night.

The warning at Livingston will be in effect until Friday. Water levels are expected to hover around flood stage Thursday and Friday, according to the weather service. The only real concern is a 20 percent chance of thundershowers on Thursday and Friday.

In Carbon County, the Clarks Fork and Rock Creek came within 6 inches of flood stage Wednesday morning and are expected to continue to rise before falling off Saturday. A flood watch will remain in effect until then.

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Hot weather is forecast for today, but temperatures are expected to cool Friday.

At Billings, the Yellowstone is still on the rise, but no flooding is in the forecast.

At its peak for the day Wednesday, the Yellowstone was at 9.9 feet. Flood stage for the Yellowstone in Billings is 13 feet.

Lorna Thackeray can be reached 657-1314 or at lthackeray@ billingsgazette.com.

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