Flooding cuts off Mont. town, more rain forecast

May 23, 2011 - 6:42 PM

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — More rain is on tap this week for Montana communities besieged with flooding that has swamped neighborhoods and farmland, isolated a town near the Wyoming border and claimed at least one life.

Carbon County authorities said Monday that an 84-year-old woman was killed when she was swept from her driveway by flood waters from an unnamed creek. The woman's body was found Saturday near Boyd.

In Yellowstone County, authorities were searching for a man reported missing after a backhoe he was operating tipped into Pryor Creek.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer declared a statewide emergency in response to the flooding.

Authorities said rural communities in southeastern Montana, including the Crow Reservation, were hardest hit.