Clark Fork River above and below Missoula a sight to behold as warnings widen

The Clark Fork River pours over a spillway at the hydroelectric facility in Thompson Falls, Montana, May 11, 2018. (David Reese/Missoula Current)

The Clark Fork River above Missoula will remain in the moderate flood stage, at least until Wednesday when the high water returns.

The river below Missoula continues to flow at levels rarely seen.

Due to rising temperatures, water levels in Missoula are expected to return to the major flood stage by midweek and crest around Friday evening, possibly exceeding last week’s levels.

Over the weekend, the Missoula County Sheriff’s Department warned an additional 2,205 residents who live along the Clark Fork and Bitterroot Rivers of potential flooding and evacuations.

County officials said flood waters toppled power poles at the end of Tower Street, leaving power lines arched over the river. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has closed to river.

“We’re experiencing an increase in debris from trees, outbuildings and trailer homes breaking up and floating down river due to flooding,” one county officials said. “Fishing access sites are currently closed in the area and extreme caution is advised for those working in or around flood waters.”

Communities down river are also watching the high water as it encroaches on riverside homes and creates thundering rapids though several areas of the water. The river has spilled from its banks into the floodplain in some areas.