Mont. flood shelter could stay open for a week

May 24, 2011 - 11:29 AM

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Flooding on Montana's Crow Reservation has forced 150 people to take refuge in a Billings shelter and kept Interstate 90 closed from Hardin to the Wyoming border.

With more rain falling, the Red Cross says a shelter at Montana State University Billings is likely to stay open for at least the next week.

Lodge Grass remains largely cut off by the surging Little Bighorn River. Officials say some residents have been able to drive through the floodwaters to reach Sheridan, Wyo.

Hospitals and nursing homes in Bighorn County are closed due to water and sewage problems, Crow Agency was shutting down its hospital except for walk-ins and the Hardin hospital is at capacity.

To the east, in South Dakota's Black Hills National Forest, some roads are closed from flooding.