Man rescued from Montana floodwaters as waters keep rising

Man rescued from Montana floodwaters as waters keep rising
Layne Spence, caretaker of the Medicine Bull Bison Ranch west of Missoula, Montana, navigates his four-wheeler through standing water in a pasture at the ranch Thursday, May 10, 2018, after reuniting a wayward calf with the rest of the herd after it was separated. Flood water from the nearby Clark Fork River and rising groundwater has reduced the grazing area on the ranch by about half. (Kurt Wilson /The Missoulian via AP)

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana rescuers pulled a man from surging floodwaters as authorities issued new evacuation orders and water continued to rise in rivers and streams across the western half of the state.

The rescued man was using a small raft to reach a camp for transients on a partially submerged island on the raging Clark Fork River in Missoula Thursday night.

Firefighters at the river’s edge noticed him hanging onto a tree, still in the raft. Rescuers used a boat to pull him to safety.

The Clark Fork is expected to crest Saturday at its highest level in 100 years.

Evacuation orders were issued for three more houses. Many residents of the 60 houses already under evacuation orders have refused to leave.

Floodwaters also threatened homes along the Blackfoot River near Lincoln.