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Blackfeet Tribe declares state of emergency due to winter storm

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The Blackfeet Tribe has declared a state of emergency due to the snow storm that has dropped more than four feet of snow in some parts of Glacier County.

The declaration was made on Monday afternoon.

Blackfeet officials in Browning said they are working with all entities to provide first-responder and public safety, noting that people with medical issues and senior citizens are their first priority.

The declaration requests that people stay inside and off the roads in order to ensure safety.

Some locations along the Rocky Mountain Front have recorded more than four feet of snow over the last three days, a potentially record-breaking snow event.

The National Weather Service is still tallying snow totals and sifting through records to see exactly where this event stacks up.

So far, the highest snow total is 55 inches from 11 miles west-southwest of Babb in Glacier County.

Heavy snow has left buildings across Glacier, Pondera and Teton counties in danger of collapsing.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, one foot of wet snow can weigh up to 21 pounds per square foot. One foot of light, dry snow typically weighs 3 pounds per square foot.

Emergency officials in these areas are paying close attention to the structural integrity of buildings, especially those with flat roofs, considering the high potential for roof collapses.

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