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FLOOD RELIEF

Jun 14, 2022

HISTORIC FLOODS Have Devastated Communities Along The Yellowstone River in Montana
THURSDAY, JUNE 16TH | FEMA DISASTER DECLARATION
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HOW YOU CAN HELP
DONATIONS & INFORMATION | YELLOWSTONE COUNTY
Donations
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DONATIONS & INFORMATION | CARBON COUNTY 
Donations
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Flood relief information
  • Reopening Red Lodge, a MESSAGE from the Red Lodge Chamber of Commerce
  • Tune into FM 99.3 for current information or keep following the Carbon Alert Facebook page
  • Questions can be directed to the Carbon Alert Help line 406-426-2425.

DONATIONS & INFORMATION | STILLWATER COUNTY
Donations including food, water and other necessities can be dropped off at the fairgrounds pavilion in Columbus. Those wishing to make donations are ask to call DES at (406)322-8015.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
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DISASTER DECLARATIONS

THURSDAY, JUNE 23RD | GOV. GIANFORTE REQUESTS INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE FOR MONTANANS FROM FEMA

HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today announced the state of Montana has requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) activate the Individual Assistance program under the presidential major disaster declaration due to the devastating impacts the recent flooding has had on Montanans’ private property and livelihoods.

“No Montanan should have to go through what our neighbors impacted by flooding have,” Gov. Gianforte said. “With access to the Individual Assistance program, Montanans who have had homes destroyed or property damaged by this disaster will have more resources to recover and rebuild.”

The governor’s request demonstrates the need for direct federal assistance to impacted homeowners and communities in Park, Carbon, and Stillwater counties. This includes initial damage assessments to primary residences and structures, as well as the severe impact on the region’s outdoor and tourism industries that employ many Montanans in the area.

Additionally, affected communities are primarily in areas that are not easily accessible or do not have alternate routes, making residents particularly susceptible to both immediate and long-term consequences of the disaster.

The federal aid that accompanies the activation of the Individual Assistance program will supplement state and local resources already at work to support Montanans impacted by the flooding.

On June 14, Gov. Gianforte formally declared a statewide disaster due to flooding after verbally authorizing the declaration Monday, June 13.

On June 16, President Biden approved the state’s request for a presidential major disaster declaration, which provided access to the Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grant programs for Park, Stillwater, and Carbon counties.

The governor’s request to activate the Individual Assistance program can be found here.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15TH | MONTANA REQUESTS PRESIDENTIAL MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION  

HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today announced the state has submitted a request to President Joe Biden for an expedited presidential major disaster declaration due to devastating flooding across portions of the state of Montana. 

“On Tuesday, we began working with FEMA to pursue an expedited presidential major disaster declaration and secure direct federal assistance for Montana communities. Today, we submitted our formal request to President Biden,” Gov. Gianforte said. “With the support of a presidential major disaster declaration, we can help our communities with their response, recovery, and rebuilding, getting them back on their feet as quickly as possible.”

The request outlines the conditions which triggered the disaster, what direct federal assistance is needed, and the known impacts of the disaster on Montana communities.

Yesterday, Gov. Gianforte declared a statewide disaster due to flooding after verbally authorizing the declaration Monday.

The request to President Biden can be found here.


TUESDAY, JUNE 14TH | GOVERNOR GIANFORTE DECLARES DISASTER FOR FLOODING
HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today declared a statewide disaster due to severe flooding in Carbon, Park, and Stillwater counties, as well as flood warnings in other parts of the state.
“With rapid snowmelt and recent heavy rains, communities in south-central Montana are experiencing severe flooding that is destroying homes, washing away roads and bridges, and leaving Montanans without power and water services,” Gov. Gianforte said. “Today’s disaster declaration will help impacted communities get back on their feet as soon as possible, and I have asked state agencies to bring their resources to bear in support of these communities.”
Montana Disaster and Emergency Services continues to support local authorities in Carbon, Park, and Stillwater counties, as well as work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on next steps.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks yesterday closed the Yellowstone River in Park County to all recreational use due to public safety risks.
The Montana Department of Transportation is regularly updating road conditions at https://www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/alerts.aspx.

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