Residents in Glasgow are watching floodwaters approximately 50 to 75 miles upstream closely. Officials in Malta expect the river to crest at 17 feet soon and remain there for several days while communities between Glasgow and Williston, ND are planning ahead.
Ranchers along the Milk River are already rounding up cattle from wet lowlands and moving them to higher ground in anticipation of the incoming floodwaters. Aerial video in the areas where flooding has already impacted farmland show herds of cattle stranded on gravel roads, surrounded by acres of fields submerged by water.
In addition to losing livestock, farmers are concerned about dwindling supplies of hay. Last year’s drought and wildfires left ranchers with a reduced supply as they went into winter and wet fields are preventing farmers from planting crops they desperately need.
(image source: Billings Gazette)