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Mar 27, 2019

To Prepare for More Dangerous Flooding, Tester Calls on Feds to Support Montana Communities

Harsh winter weather and flooding have already taken large toll on state’s infrastructure and commerce

(U.S. Senate) - To prepare for more dangerous flooding as temperatures rise, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is calling for a "swift and effective response" from the federal government to provide support for Montana communities.

Tester is pushing FEMA and the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Agriculture, and Interior, to stand ready to provide support and resources to farmers, ranchers, local governments, and businesses impacted by catastrophic flooding.

"This spring melt is severely impacting road conditions in Montana," Tester wrote. "Dozens of miles of Interstate 90 and numerous roads across the state are closed due to flooding. The weather forecast is calling for another winter storm with heavy wet snow later this week, which will likely worsen conditions within the state."

Ice jams along the Bighorn River have caused extensive flooding in Southeast Montana, even closing sections of Interstate 90 from Hardin to the Wyoming state line, and more flooding is expected to wreak havoc across the state as snow melts and rain moves through the region.

Tester wrote that, in addition to flooding, the harsh winter has caused waterlines on Crow Agency to burst, leaving residents there without access to safe drinking water.

"With the damaged infrastructure, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) water treatment plant cannot currently treat enough water to meet essential needs of the community," Tester wrote. "Some residents have been without tap water for more than a week, which is a problem that must be expeditiously addressed."

Tester also pushed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to prioritize the Livestock Indemnity Program to ensure that ranchers facing hardship due to severe weather are able to recover from devastating financial losses.

Tester recently secured $17 million to fix roads damaged in last spring's historic flooding.

You can read Tester's full letter HERE.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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