Montana Congressmen Ask for Disaster Aid
As the Montana National Guard responded to help with access checkpoints on damaged roads in the Red Lodge area, Montana's Congressmen are urging a national disaster declaration.
Acting Governor Kirsten Juras declared a statewide disaster Tuesday and, at the same time, the State of Montana submitted a disaster declaration request to the federal government. Approval of such a declaration by President Biden would allow FEMA and other national support recovery efforts.
Wednesday, Montana's Congressional delegation were united in supporting the disaster request. U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale sent a letter to the White House.
A portion of the letter to President Biden:
"We write today in support of the State of Montana's major disaster declaration request as a result of severe weather and substantial rainfall throughout much of the state that began on June 10,2022...The impact of this flooding will continue to have a profound impact on the region's economy for some time and swift assistance will help repair the damage to homes, businesses, and livelihoods of Montana. We urge you to promptly approve this request for a major disaster declaration and look forward to your timely response."
The flooding has completely closed Yellowstone National Park and the damage continues to mount in surrounding areas, including Red Lodge and Gardiner.
The Montana National Guard sent helicopters and have rescued at least 87 people in their efforts. The helicopters have also helped in various search and rescue operations. Sixteen soldiers will arrive in the Red Lodge area Wednesday evening and will be staffing seven road checkpoints.