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Deer displaced by floodwater

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GALLATIN COUNTY -- While you should never drive through floodwater, officials say its good to also be cautious about what could be crossing the road. 

Insurance agents in Gallatin County have seen an increase in the number of claims regarding animal collisions, specifically deer. 

"In this office we typically process two to three deer claims a month, and we've done 10 in the last week," said Mark Duffy with Country Financial in Ridgway.  

Duffy says this trend is due to the deer being pushed to higher ground by the moderate flooding in the area. 

"Every time the water comes out of its bank, and starts pushing the deer up… you can see hundreds and hundreds of deer out in the field." Duffy said.  

Duffy says those claims will average about $2,500 to $3,000 in damages.

But accidents involving deer typically don't drive up your insurance premiums if you have a comprehensive coverage plan. 

Duffy says IDOT put up a sign in the county today near New Haven to warn drivers of the increased deer activity. 

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