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Bullock declares flooding emergency in Cascade County and Lewis & Clark County

Posted at 8:06 PM, Jun 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-20 22:06:59-04

GREAT FALLS- Gov. Steve Bullock on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in anticipation of possible major flooding in Cascade County, Lewis & Clark County and Great Falls.

“The next few days could be a real challenge,” Bullock said. “We’re doing everything necessary at the state level to protect health and safety and to preserve lives, property and resources.”

Known areas of concern for residents and businesses in Great Falls and Cascade County are Woodland Estates, Big Bend, Lower River Road, and Flood Road.

Residents can call the Great Falls Incident Commander at 406-455-8554 for questions beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, or visit the City/County Health Department website and the Great Falls Police Department Facebook page for updates.

Bullock’s declaration allows the state to mobilize resources and the Montana National Guard to protect life, health, and property.

Bullock’s declaration also specified that additional jurisdictions may be added to the declaration as they declare states of emergency. At present, only Cascade County, Lewis & Clark County, and the City of Great Falls have expressed intent to declare states of emergency. State assistance is available to additional jurisdictions through coordination with each county.

This declaration is separate from the earlier spring flooding event that was the subject of Governor Bullock’s recent Presidential Major Disaster Declaration request.

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