We live about 45miles from the Yellowstone River west of us in Montana. A week ago we made a trip to Billings, Montana hauling cattle for a friend. This enabled us to get a good look at the Yellowstone as it makes it way thru Glendive, Fallon, Terry, Miles City and Billings. There was a big ice jam at Glendive on our way west. Further west the river had places were it had broken up and at Billings it was open and running. The Powder River was pretty much broken up and moving.
Coming back the next day, we encountered a massive jam at Fallon, Montana. The interstate crosses the river here and as we crossed over the bridge it was really exciting and interesting to see the huge thick chunks of ice up so close. They couldn't have been more than 10-15 from the bottom of the bridge in places. Some were bigger than cars, several feet thick. Some were coated with dark colored soil and the whole landscape of the river looked like a huge field of jagged rocks. My camera was buried in the backseat of the truck, so I didn't get shots of it.
By the time we got to Glendive, I had my camera ready to shoot what was happening there! The Yellowstone was overflowing, flooding the areas surrounding it for a great distance. The area that was closest to the river and interstate was primarily hayfields and low lying pasture, no houses or businesses to be affected.
I have always thought it would be so interesting to be present when the ice breaks and begins to move. It has to be a noisy process, I think. It amazes me to think of the sheer mass of those huge ice chunks as they move on the river. Every year we all anxiously await the break up of the rivers and creeks around here. It makes spring seem just that much closer!
|Flooding on the Yellowstone River March 17 at Glendive, Montana.|
|Part of ice jam on Yellowstone River west of Terry, Montana.|
|Yellowstone broken up and starting to run west of Miles City, MT.|