Amsterdam flooding prompts school closure, resident concerns


Amsterdam flooding prompts school closure, resident concerns

AMSTERDAM-CHURCHILL, Mont. - Water moved quickly through the Amsterdam-Churchill area on Thursday. The area where we found residents were most concerned was along Camp Creek Road.

That is also the road where Amsterdam School is located, and school officials announced they will be closed on Friday because of flooding concerns.

We spoke to residents along Camp Creek Road throughout the day, where the water continued to rise.

Just before noon we met Larry Knutson. We stood on the porch of his art studio, where the water was creeping up towards his steps. A few hours later, the studio was barely above water.

"We have never seen anything quite like this," he said.

The more water, the more concern there is for Knutson.

"Every time we looked out the window, it just kept coming up more and more every time," said Knutson.

A little farther up Camp Creek Road we found Doris Sinnema, who has lived along the road for about 40 years. Even though she is a long-time resident, Sinnema tells us this is also something she has never seen before.

"It's a little bit in the far corner, we don't want the water to get any closer to the house, Just this morning it started flowing through our backyard. We had made a snowman and now there is water around our snowman and playset," said Sinnema.

As the water continued to rise Thursday afternoon, both Sinnema and Knutson told us all they can do is hope for the best.

"You just kind of hope you have the year where it doesn't happen," said Sinnema.

"You just don't expect it so you don't really prepare too much, you are next to a creek and it is part of what you live with,"  said Knutson.

On Thursday due to the rising waters, Amsterdam School closed down earlier than normal at 3:05 p.m. They bussed kids to nearby Amsterdam Road to make it easier for parents to pick up their children.  Amsterdam School will be closed on Friday, March 7.

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