After six-year-old Joslyn Sage Farrell died, June 30, on the Bitterroot River, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) reports that others have had to be rescued from the very same diversion dam that took Farrell's life.
Authorities say a 61-year-old man suffered a medical condition that caused him to crash his SUV northwest of Stevensville.
Montana Highway Patrol Sgt. Ken Breidenbach says William James Fears was driving 3 mph or less on Stevensville Cutoff Road when he crashed sometime Friday morning. The vehicle landed upside down on a grassy patch right on the edge of the Bitterroot River.
Additional facts have come to light regarding the tragic drowning death of 14 year-old Alexander Pak in the Bitterroot River on Saturday afternoon. I spoke with Missoula County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Jason Johnson on Monday afternoon. That interview is attached.
I spoke with Missoula County Sheriff's Department Information Officer Jason Johnson Sunday evening about the 14 year-old boy who drowned in the Bitterroot River not far from MacClay's Bridge on Saturday. Johnson identifies the boy as Alexander Pak. That interview is attached.
Although water levels in the Clark Fork River have decreased over the weekend, National Weather Service Forecaster Michelle Mead is expecting another flood warning after temperatures reach near 90 by Tuesday.
A flood watch has been issued for the weekend for The Clark Fork and Bitterroot Rivers. Forcaster with the NAtional Weather Service Mark Lefflebein says the warm weather is bringing the snow down into the rivers.
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