MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock and Senator Jon Tester today announced that they have successfully appealed to FEMA to provide support for flood recovery in an additional nine Montana counties.
Bullock and Tester have secured an estimated $1,532,994 from FEMA for flood recovery efforts in Carbon, Custer, Golden Valley, Lewis and Clark, Missoula, Musselshell, Park, Powell, and Treasure Counties. This is in addition to seven counties that were previously awarded disaster designation by FEMA in August: Blaine, Hill, Liberty, Petroleum, Pondera, Toole and Valley Counties.
“I am pleased that all Montana counties that have requested relief from spring flooding will now be provided with the support that they need and deserve,” said Governor Bullock. “I am thankful to FEMA for working closely with us to secure this funding, to the Montana counties for their diligence during and after these difficult times, and for the volunteers and emergency services teams who kept Montanans safe during the record spring flooding.”
“By working together, we were able to hold Washington accountable and ensure every Montanan impacted by this spring’s flooding has access to the funds they need to stay safe,” Senator Tester said. “These recovery funds will help folks get back on their feet and reduce the future risks of disastrous flooding in communities across our state.”
Governor Bullock submitted an appeal to FEMA in September requesting that the remaining counties be added. Under a federal declaration, FEMA provides for 75% of the eligible disaster costs. The remaining non-federal share is covered between the state disaster fund and local contributions.
As a result of the approved disaster 4405, Montana will be eligible to apply for additional funding, 15% of the total disaster damages approved by FEMA at a rough estimate $225,000.00. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) is a grant opportunity that provides assistance for actions to reduce or eliminate risk to life and property from natural hazards.