HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Residents in northeastern Montana are sandbagging homes and moving livestock to high ground as the Milk River spills over its banks and covers backcountry roads.

Glasgow Police Officer Joe Horn says residents have fled six or eight houses just outside of town near the Milk River bridge on Montana Highway 24.

He says he used his airboat to transport railroad ties and sandbags to protect a house near Glasgow. He says drifting logs, animal carcasses and floating hay bales make it difficult for outboard boats to maneuver.

Monique Lay of the state Disaster and Emergency Services Division says the Milk River from Tampico to Nashua is the area of greatest concern. She says water covered 16 roadways on Tuesday and the river isn't expected to crest near Nashua until Saturday.

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