HELENA – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT) announced it is making a $15,000 donation to the American Red Cross of Montana to support flood relief efforts throughout the state.
“This generous gift will help us ensure we meet the needs of Montanans who are directly affected by ongoing flooding throughout the state,” Red Cross of Montana Executive Director Diane Wright said. “Without partners like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, it would be incredibly difficult to do this work. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana understands the value of keeping our communities safe and prepared year-round.”
Because of recent increases in snowmelt coupled with rainfall, many parts of Montana have faced flooding in recent days and weeks. As an example, the Clark Fork River is wreaking havoc in Missoula, having already reached its second-highest level on record. The river has been receding recently because of cooler temperatures, but officials expect it to peak at an even higher level later this week.
Red Cross has already established shelters for flood victims in Missoula, Helena, and Seeley, and is working with community partners in impacted areas to determine where there is a need for food. Wright said disaster relief funds help get volunteers and supplies to the right location at the right time and added that the organization anticipates the need for future shelters with flooding expected to last through June.
BCBSMT’s Care Van is providing additional support by partnering with Lewis & Clark Public Health to offer free immunizations to flood volunteers and others who may be in need of an update. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, May 18 at Lewis & Clark Public Health (1930 Ninth Avenue in Helena).