Flooding on the 9th St. Island in Livingston. Credit: Frank James
Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Thursday the state successfully added three additional counties to the presidential major disaster declaration for Montana: Yellowstone, Treasure, and Sweet Grass. Six counties in southern Montana are now eligible for aid through FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.
“I appreciate Administrator Deanne Criswell and her team at FEMA for approving the state’s request to add Sweet Grass, Yellowstone and Treasure counties to the presidential major disaster declaration for Montana,” Gov. Gianforte said in a statement. “This assistance will further help our communities along the Yellowstone River recover and rebuild from recent flooding.”
On June 16, 2022, Gianforte announced the state secured a major disaster declaration from President Biden for severe flooding. The initial declaration applied to Park, Stillwater, and Carbon counties.
Over the last several weeks, the state has been gathering data to add additional Montana counties to the presidential major disaster declaration, according to the news release from the Governor’s Office. This week, FEMA approved the state’s request to add the three additional counties to the declaration.
The federal aid that accompanies the major disaster declaration supplements state and local resources being used to offset widespread damage caused by the flooding, the Governor’s Office said. Specifically, the FEMA Public Assistance Program provides supplemental federal grant assistance for debris removal and the restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities, and specific facilities of certain private nonprofit organizations.