Rossiter closed Monday as floodwaters swamp the area

Because of flooding in the North Valley, and resulting partial closure of Sierra Road, there will be no school at Rossiter Elementary School on Monday.

Snowmelt pushed water out of its banks on Sunday afternoon, leaving a large collection of volunteers placing sandbags around Rossiter.

Members of the West Valley Fire Department, Lewis and Clark Public Works, the Sheriff’s Office and plenty of citizen volunteers placed bags up against the school and also down a stretch of Sierra Road, as the water began to cross the street as well.

The parking lot and surrounding area was still flooded with shin-deep water Sunday evening, and a portion of the road is closed from the Frontage Road to Montana Ave. Eastbound traffic was all that was being allowed Sunday evening.

Water also pushed across Montana Ave. near the intersection with Sierra, leaving multiple businesses with flooded parking lots. The nearby Helena Campground and RV Park was also dealing with flooding – and with rain and warm temperatures in this week’s forecast, area residents are asked to keep a watchful eye on water levels.

The situation will be monitored, school officials said, and a decision on whether or not school will be held Tuesday will be made by mid-day Monday.