In this photo provided by the Montana Army National Guard, middle school students attending a Bible camp at the Montana Wilderness School of the Bible along the Rocky Mountain Front are guided onto a Chinook helicopter Thursday, June 21, 2018. The campers were flown to Great Falls after flooding earlier this week washed out the road to the camp. (Montana Army National Guard via AP)

Trapped campers, swimming bears in Montana as floods hit US

June 22, 2018 - 2:50 am

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Helicopters have rescued people stranded by flooding in Texas and Montana, including 140 children and counselors stuck in a mountain bible camp for two days.

Campers were lifted out Thursday after a washed-out road cut off the only exit. Montana was just drying out from spring flooding caused by near-record snowfall over the winter when a storm unleashed rain over the past three days.

Severe storms have swept the Rockies and the Midwest this week. The soaking comes in stark contrast to the tinder-dry conditions in the Southwest, which is experiencing drought and an early wildfire season.

Forecasters say rain is expected to move out of far South Texas by Friday but much of the central and southeast U.S. will be at risk of severe storms as the weekend approaches.

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