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Flood Information, 2014 -Sandbags


Missoula County Office of Emergency Management, Missoula County Sheriff's Department, City of Missoula Police Department, City of Missoula Public Works Department, Missoula County Public Works Department and numerous fire agencies are the primary agencies preparing for potential high water events and have been meeting regularly to monitor flood potential and impacts. 

Missoula County has a cache of sandbags and sand that is used to protect critical public infrastructure and mitigate erosion.  Protection of private property is the responsibility of the property owner. 

At this time Missoula County Public Works has a limited supply of free, unfilled sandbags available to the public.  Unfilled sandbags can be picked up at 6089 Training Drive (just west of the Missoula Airport) between the hours of 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM.  Missoula County has set up its information line at 406-258-INFO (4636) with additional information. If you are experiencing flooding, or see an area where water is ponding and have concerns please call 9-1-1 or your public works department.

Several area businesses* also carry sandbags and sand.  Below are a few options:

  Caras Nursury 543-3333
  Far West Rock 728-8500
Home Depot 523-0901
  Knife river 543-0088
  Lowes 329-1800  
  LS Jensen 532-4827
  MT Flasher and Barricade 542-2701  
  Murdoch's 549-2355  
  Mutual Materials 549-2011  
  Time Rental 543-7136  

*Missoula County does not endorse one area business over another.

Sandbagging Techniques

Sandbagging is labor intensive and hard physical work.  Be aware of your physical limitations when sandbagging and use sound body mechanics to avoid injury. Please click here for more sandbagging information.

Missoula Conservation District Sandbagging Policy:

The following sandbagging policy applies to all homeowners in Missoula County:

For more information contact Lori Zeiser at the Missoula Conservation District.  She can be reached at (406) 829-3395 ext.101


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