Flooding Montana river recedes, but expected to rise again

Floodwater from the Clark Fork River flows over the road and through a fence line, Thursday, May 10, 2018, at the Kelly Island Fishing Access off Mullan Road west of Missoula. The Clark Fork River was measured at 12.8 feet Thursday and is expected to crest at 13.5 feet in the next few days. (Kurt Wilson /The Missoulian via AP)

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Clark Fork River near Missoula is receding after it crested at the highest level in a century and swept trees, trailers and other dangerous debris downstream.

Residents aren't out of danger yet. The National Weather Service forecasts the river won't drop very much before rising to an even higher level next week as warmer temperatures continue to melt the mountain snowpack.

Meteorologist Ryan Leach said Saturday that the river will be at flood stage for weeks to come.

Authorities have ordered the evacuation of about 65 homes and more than 800 others are under an evacuation warning.

The river crested late Friday at 13.82 feet (4.2 meters), its highest level since 1908, and the second-highest level ever recorded.

It's forecast to start rising again Tuesday and reach 14 feet (4.3 meters) by Saturday.

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