Augusta rodeo postponed from flooding set for weekend

GREAT FALLS (AP) — The Augusta American Legion Rodeo is planned for this weekend after it was postponed when the western Montana town flooded last month.

The 82nd Augusta rodeo was set for June 24, but torrential rains the week before caused floodwaters from the Elk Creek to flow through the town.

Rodeo Chairman Ben Arps says the flooding “changed the whole scene.” The town’s main street was flooded with about a foot of water, and water flowed through the arena, damaging the space and surrounding park.

He says the arena was cleaned of debris and silt, and water was pumped out.

The annual Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit event is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.