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This is the main branch of the Flathead River as is passes through Columbia Falls, Montana (USA) on May 1. We’re looking toward the area of town we call Mosquito Flats, with Badrock Canyon behind it.

It has been many years since the water level has been this high. Although the extra moisture we’ve had this winter has been welcome after many years of drought, everyone in Western Montana is preparing for likely flooding. The Hungry Horse Dam controls the amount of water that is released into the South Fork of the Flathead, but the main branch is also fed by the North and Middle Forks. Weather forecasts predict that the snowpack in the mountains of several western states could keep building until the end of June. When the weather finally warms up the water levels are going to swell even more.

Photo taken in May, 2011 with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera.

Another view of the high level of this river:

High Water 1
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  • Scott Bricker
    Scott Brickerover 3 years ago

    oh, that looks like coooold water!

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture! Love the way the colors of autumn are sandwiched between the colors of winter.

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