MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today extended two prior emergency declarations by issuing an executive order for a statewide flooding disaster in Montana to allow ongoing response efforts to continue.
“We will continue to pursue available state and federal resources to support ongoing efforts and recovery needs,” said Governor Bullock. “I applaud the brave volunteers and emergency services teams who are working around the clock to support their neighbors and keep Montanans safe during these challenging times.”
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.
The disaster declaration facilitates the state’s ongoing response to flooding conditions throughout Montana.
Flood conditions persist and have worsened in many locations since the statewide emergency declaration. Flooding is currently ongoing or forecast across the western two thirds of Montana, impacting many small towns and several larger cities, and flooding will likely continue or worsen in western and central Montana.
The State Emergency Coordination Center is at level three activation and is coordinating with federal agencies, as well as responding to resource and technical assistance requests from local and tribal jurisdictions.
The U.S Army Corps of Engineers from the Northwestern Division has provided technical and direct assistance and state liaisons for flood fighting assistance under emergency operations.
Governor Bullock’s Multi-Agency Coordinating Group (MACG) continues to keep informed of the flooding situation statewide and has been providing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with daily updates and situation reports.