Disaster Declaration: FEMA Teams will determine if Federal Aid should be made available to INDIVIDUALS


Damage assessment team to visit Belt, Sun River

11:34 AM, Jun. 21, 2011  |  

A team from the Federal Emergency Mangement Agency and Montana Disaster and Emergency Services will be in Cascade County Friday to inspect a sampling of flooded homes to determine whether federal assistance should be made available to individuals.

The team will do a preliminary damage assessment on residents and businesses in Belt and Sun River, said Vince Kolar, coordinator of the Cascade County Disaster and Emergency Services.

The visit is part of a statewide assessment to determine if the federal government should provide aid to individuals to repair damage, Kolar said.

Last week, President Barack Obama granted the state’s request for a disaster declaration freeing up federal aid, but that money is being used for repairs to public infrastructure damage.

Kolar made the announcement of the individual damage assessment Tuesday, when city and county officials met to discuss flooding issues in Great Falls.