WPR News
4:36 pm
Tue May 24, 2011

Search for flood victim suspended

Billings, Mont. – Yellowstone County, Mont., authorities have suspended their search for a 47-year-old man feared to have been swept away by a flooding creek.

Sheriff Mike Linder said heavy rains grounded a helicopter crew searching the area where the man was last seen Sunday near Pryor Creek.

Limited evacuations are under way along the Musselshell River in Golden Valley and Wheatland counties. In Ryegate, officials are scrambling to reinforce a dike that shields the low-lying town of 300 people from the Musselshell.

On the Crow Reservation, residents of a nursing home and hospital patients in Crow Agency were transferred to Billings over concerns about water contamination from a flooded sewage plant.

A 60-mile stretch of Interstate 90 is closed, from Hardin to the Wyoming state line. There was no word on when it might reopen.