Governor Steve Bullock today announced that FEMA has granted the State of Montana its requested Presidential Disaster Declaration for spring flooding. The declaration will provide for flood recovery efforts in Daniels, Lake, McCone, Park, Powder River, Stillwater, Treasure and Valley Counties.
“Early spring flooding caused widespread damage to roads, culverts and private residences, particularly affecting rural communities across Montana,” said Governor Bullock. “I am thankful for FEMA’s diligence and for working with us to secure this funding. Montanans can rest assured that we continue to stand ready to assist in protecting lives and property, cleaning up from this spring flooding, and in mitigating future disasters.”
Governor Bullock and Montana Disaster and Emergency Services (MT DES) submitted the request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration on May 9 for an estimated $2.2 million in damages. 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 4437, Montana will be eligible to apply for additional funding, 15% of the total disaster damages approved by FEMA at a rough estimate of $330,000. 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. MT DES works alongside tribes, other state agencies, private non-profits and local jurisdictions, to apply for funds to mitigate against the damages of future disasters. These funds can be used for projects and plans that address a variety of hazards, not just flooding. As a nation, every dollar spent toward mitigation efforts has reduced the cost of subsequent disasters by six dollars. By putting these funds to work in our communities, MT DES aims to make a more disaster resilient Montana.