HELENA (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration, allowing federal funding to be funneled to nine Montana counties for repairs to infrastructure damage caused by flooding.
The Independent Record reports the declaration, approved Wednesday, will expedite funding to mend Carbon, Custer, Golden Valley, Lewis and Clark, Missoula, Musselshell, Park, Powell and Treasure County facilities damaged by flooding earlier this year.
Lewis and Clark County communications coordinator Jeni Garcin says the county can request up to $266,775.01 for infrastructure damaged between April 12 and June 15 or compensation for prior measures to protect public facilities from flooding.
The White House did not assign a dollar amount to Wednesday’s declaration, but Gov. Steve Bullock and Sen. Jon Tester’s news release estimated an amount of $1.5 million to be split among the nine counties.