It is estimated that 115 homes were destroyed or severely damaged; MT requests FEMA help | 406 Politics

The state of Montana is requesting assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for individuals facing heavy losses from the floods that have devastated parts of south central Montana.

The order, signed by Governor Greg Gianforte on Wednesday, seeks to activate FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program, which is part of the Biden administration’s major presidential disaster declaration last week.

The order includes the Individuals and Families Program, disaster management, crisis counseling and assistance, disaster legal services, disaster unemployment insurance, critical needs assistance, and clean-up and removal assistance.

“Montanans should not have to go through what our neighbors are suffering from floods,” Gianforte said in a Thursday press release. “With access to the Individual Assistance Program, Montanans whose homes have been destroyed or property damaged by this disaster will have more resources to recover and rebuild.”

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Most people, even those who live in floodplains, do not have flood insurance because it is expensive. Homeowners’ regular insurance and rental policies do not cover flood damage. In the floods that hit Montana last week, damaged homes were outside areas that would normally be inundated.

The letter to FEMA said an initial assessment shows there are 23 severely damaged or destroyed residences in Carbon County, 53 in Park and 39 in Stillwater. The letter estimates that 115 major residences were either severely damaged or destroyed, “with some completely razed,” according to preliminary data.

In an interview on Wednesday, state insurance commissioner Troy Downing said the numbers of people with flood insurance in those areas were “appalling.”

There were only 18 policies at Red Lodge before the floods hit and 58 more across the unincorporated Carbon County. There were only nine policies in Livingston and 77 in the unincorporated parts of Park County. And in Columbus there were only two policies.

“Because survivors of these floods are particularly vulnerable, the scale and scale of the devastation in these communities makes it clear that no amount of insurance is sufficient to meet the immediate or long-term needs of the survivors of such devastation,” the letter reads.

Another challenge for those facing losses from floods is the lack of affordable housing. The letter states that the average mortgage cost in Park County is about 37.7% of household income, and that figure is 33.8% in Carbon County. Rental costs present similar financial burdens, and the average home value has jumped dramatically in the area.

There is also a higher percentage of mobile homes, 12% in Carbon County, nearly 15% in Stillwater, and about 10% in Park, compared to the rest of the country. The letter estimates that there are 686 mobile homes in high-risk flooding census areas, including 441 in Park County, 98 in Stillwater and 147 in Carbon.

The letter states that “mobile home residents have been disproportionately affected by disasters – due to the home’s physical characteristics, location, residents’ social vulnerabilities and complex property arrangements which mean they can be excluded from some legal protections”.

The letter also says that nine major highways in the area have sustained significant damage and remain inaccessible, as well as several bridges.

In addition to the housing losses, the letter says that $100 million in labor income associated with Yellowstone National Park will also be significantly affected by the floods.

In Carbon County, about 39% of all jobs and 26% of wages are related to travel and tourism. In Park County, 31% of jobs and 26% of wages. The mine in Stillwater County has been completely cut off due to a bridge failure and alternate routes are under threat due to safety concerns. The letter says mining accounts for more than 40% of jobs in the county, and 1,000 employees are unemployed.

There was an “unknown number of injured” from the floods and one person was confirmed dead while reconstructing in high water.

Also Thursday, the Montana congressional delegation said the Federal Highway Administration announced $3 million in emergency funding for the state Department of Transportation to repair roads and highways.

The funds can be used for Federal Aid highways damaged by floods and eligible emergency repair work for cash payment including “emergency repairs needed to restore essential traffic, reduce the extent of damage, or protect remaining facilities as well as permanent repairs necessary to restore the highway to its original condition.” before the disaster strikes,” according to a press release.

In addition, the Federal Highway Administration has announced a total of $65 million in “quick-issue” emergency funds for use by the US Department of the Interior’s National Park Service, the Montana Department of Transportation, and the Wyoming Department of Transportation as a down payment to help with flood repair. . Damage to roads and bridges.

There is also $50 million previously announced in federal highway emergency funds to help reopen Yellowstone.

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