Helena was hit by a destructive storm system Sunday evening that toppled trees and caused severe flooding in the downtown area.
Photos and video provided by Helena resident Andy Shirtliff show the water pouring down the Last Chance Gulch all the way to the top of the wheel wells in cars as residents close the doors of businesses to limit the water entering the premises. .
The Lewis and Clark Library saw flooding in their building. Maintenance crews quickly got to work on draining the water. Dave Schulte told MTN that their priority is to get the moisture out of the building and dry the air as soon as possible to avoid mold. Damage to the library and collection is still being evaluated.
Trees and chirping trees can be seen all over the city center. A tree fell over a bus stop at the Great Northern Center.
Moviegoers at Helena Cinemark reported that the cinema had been evacuated, with water flowing into the lobby area. Some of the original vehicles were also stuck on the lower level of the Great Northern Parking Garage.
Several streets in the Capitol area flooded quickly with some homeowners reporting basement flooding to MTN.
Editor’s Note: This is a developing story that will be updated.