More Montana Counties added to disaster declaration
Posted: Jul 22, 2011 9:09 AM by Q2 News
Helena - Daniels, Deer Lodge, Flathead, Glacier, Granite, Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, Liberty, Madison, Park, Pondera, Powell, Ravalli, Richland, Sheridan, Teton, Toole, and the Blackfeet Reservation have been added to the federal disaster declaration originally signed on
In total, 48 Montana counties and 5 Indian Reservations are now eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance.
"This will allow FEMA to provide reimbursement for eligible infrastructure projects to the communities faced with recovering from flooding throughout the State." said Federal Coordinating Officer Doug Mayne. Montana Disaster and Emergency Services Director, Ed Tinsley added, "The State of Montana has offered up every available resource to help communities throughout the state respond to and recover from floods; unfortunately, nearly every county sustained damage to some degree. The assistance from FEMA is greatly appreciated and will help us recover quickly."
FEMA Public Assistance was originally made available to governments and certain private nonprofit agencies in the following Montana counties and Indian Reservations: Big Horn, Blaine, Broadwater, Carbon, Carter, Cascade, Chouteau, Custer, Dawson, Fallon, Fergus, Garfield, Golden Valley, Hill, Judith Basin, McCone, Meagher, Musselshell, Petroleum, Phillips, Powder River, Prairie, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Treasure, Valley, Wheatland, Wibaux, and Yellowstone, and the Crow, Fort Belknap, Northern Cheyenne, and Rocky Boy's Reservations.
Under FEMA's Public Assistance program, FEMA funds at least 75 percent of the cost of eligible work by governments and certain private nonprofits. Federal funding is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties and tribes within the state.