1 Dead, 1 Missing in Montana Flooding

Photo Courtesy of Rich Hall, WYDOT Area Crew Foreman, taken on his visit to Crow Agency.
Photo Courtesy of Rich Hall, WYDOT Area Crew Foreman, taken on his visit to Crow Agency.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Carbon County officials say an 84-year-old woman died when she fell into a flooded ditch. Authorities say Betty Kebschull's body was found Saturday a short distance from her home in Boyd.

The flooding across Montana has also left a second person missing. In Yellowstone County, authorities were searching for a man reported missing after a backhoe he was operating tipped into Pryor Creek. His name has not been released.

And the high waters have isolated Lodge Grass on the Crow Reservation near the Wyoming border. A 50-mile stretch of Interstate 90 remained closed Monday, stranding about 2,000 residents of Lodge Grass.

Flooding was also reported in Cascade, Fergus and Judith Basin counties in the central part of the state and Valley and Custer counties to the east.

National Weather Service meteorologist Keith Meier in Billings says several weather systems that could bring more rain are expected to pass through Montana this week next week.

Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer has declared a statewide emergency.

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