Teton County residents living along Deep Creek, Willow Creek, Muddy Creek and the Teton River saw heavy rain along the Rocky Mountain Front combine with warm temperatures to send those creeks and rivers out of their banks over the Memorial

Day weekend. Likewise, the community of Augusta and rural Augusta residents were impacted by Elk Creek and Smith Creek overflowing their banks. During this time, emergency responders did their best to let people know about the flooding, to help people put out sandbags, to move from rural residences to higher ground, and to keep power and telecommunications services online throughout the event. Neighbors turned out to help neighbors and utility workers with 3 Rivers, Sun River Electric and NorthWestern Energy responded to trouble spots.

The Teton and Lewis and Clark County Road Departments along with the Montana Department of Transportation all went to work to try to keep drivers safe and to make sure that vital communications links remained open.

We extend a huge community thank you to all those who responded in any way during the high water (much of which is still persisting). Teton County communities and Augusta are fortunate that there are so many selfl ess individuals who come together to help in times of crisis. This is something every small rural community should be proud of and is something to be treasured and applauded.