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05/24/2024 | Press release | Archived content

Gov. Gianforte Issues Executive Order Declaring Flooding Disaster

Gov. Gianforte Issues Executive Order Declaring Flooding Disaster

Governor's Office
  • May 24 2024

HELENA, Mont. - Governor Greg Gianforte today issued an executive order declaring a statewide disaster in response to flooding in northern and central Montana.

"Runoff from recent heavy rain and snow has compromised critical electrical infrastructure and roads and bridges in Montana," Gov. Gianforte said. "This order will help impacted communities get back on their feet and protect the lives, property, and resources of Montanans."

Northern and central Montana saw widespread totals of over two inches of snow and rainfall, and localized amounts between 5 and 7 inches at the start of the month.

Beginning on May 5, 2024, moderate to major flooding occurred due to heavy snowfall and rainfall causing damage to critical infrastructure in low lying and poor drainage areas.

The weather also caused significant damage to electrical infrastructure owned by rural cooperatives causing hundreds of customers in these areas to lose power, some for up to five days.

The Fort Belknap Indian Community, the Rocky Boy's Agency, and Chouteau and Hill counties enacted emergency or disaster declarations in response to the conditions, with several of them reporting extensive damage to infrastructure.

The governor's executive order may be found here.