Tester schedules 10 Flood Outreach Meetings across Montana

State and federal agencies will join Senator’s representatives in flooded communities

(U.S. SENATE) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester has directed his Montana staff to schedule 10 Flood Outreach Meetings for Montanans impacted by severe flooding across the state.

Tester’s representatives will host the two-hour information sessions throughout Montana in early July. The sessions are designed to connect residents affected by flooding to resources available from state and federal agencies.

Tester is inviting to each meeting representatives from USDA’s Farm Service Agency, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Rural Development and Risk Management Agency, the Montana Department of Revenue, the Montana Disaster Emergency Services Division, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Red Cross, local Food Banks, the Human Resource and local Councils on Aging.

The ten public meetings will be similar to an information session Tester organized in mid-June, when he provided information to Billings-area farmers and ranchers affected by flooding.

Tester’s staff will be available to all Montanans during the following outreach meetings:

Big Horn County
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
9:00 – 11:00 AM
Little Big Horn College
Library Programs Room
1 Forestry Lane, Crow Agency
Representative: Rachel Court

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
12:00 – 2:00 PM
Big Horn County Public Library
419 N. Custer, Hardin
Representative: Rachel Court

Broadwater County
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
3:00- 5:00 PM
Broadwater County Courthouse
Commissioners Meeting Room
515 Broadway, Townsend
Representative: Pam Haxby-Cote

Dawson County
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Dawson Community College
Toepke Center Auditorium
300 College Drive, Glendive
Representative: Penny Zimmerman

Fergus County
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Lewistown Public Library
701 West Main Street, Lewistown
Representative: Robyn Madison

Hill County
Monday, July 11th, 2011
11:00 – 1:00 PM
Hill County Courthouse
Timmons Room
315 Fourth Street, Havre
Representative: Cheryl Ulmer

Jefferson County
Monday, July 11, 2011
10:00- 12:00 PM
Jefferson County Local Development Corporation
County Extension Office Board Room
309 East Legion Avenue, Whitehall
Representative: Pam Haxby-Cote

Musselshell County
Friday, July 8, 2011
12:00 – 2:00 PM   
Roundup Community Library
525 6th Avenue West, Roundup
Representative: Rachel Court

Sweet Grass County
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Carnegie Public Library
314 McLeod Street, Big Timber
Representative: Jennifer Madgic

Valley County
Monday, July 11, 2011
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Valley County Courthouse
201 Court Square, Glasgow
Representative: Penny Zimmerman

Tester’s staff previously held a series of 12 flooding-related outreach sessions at the end of May. Tester also recently launched tester.senate.gov/flood, a resource website for flood victims.

Montanans are always welcome to call Tester’s office toll-free at 866-554-4403, or visit any of his 8 field offices across Montana.