Governor Steve Bullock today requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide additional resources to the state from the federal government for cleanup and recovery from widespread spring flooding.
“Montanans have come together to help our friends, neighbors and communities respond to the devastating impacts of flooding these past few months,” said Governor Bullock. “Today I issued a request for additional resources from our federal partners to ensure recovery needs are met and we can continue to support our neighbors in the aftermath of these challenging floods.”
A Presidential Major Disaster Declaration would enable the state and counties to request federal assistance to repair damaged roads, culverts, and bridges that were severely impacted. Governor Bullock’s Presidential Disaster Declaration request is attached.
On May 1, Governor Bullock declared a statewide flooding emergency. By Montana statute, emergency declarations expire after twenty days. Given the severity of the situation, Governor Bullock issued a disaster declaration. Governor Bullock initially declared a state of emergency on April 12 in seven counties, one reservation and one town due to flooding along the Hi-Line and Eastern Montana.
Since April, 21 counties, 8 cities, and 3 tribes have declared emergencies related to flooding. At the request of Governor Bullock, FEMA visited several locations across the state last week to assess the damage to public infrastructure.