Montana Governor Steve Bullock issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency due to flooding. The state of emergency encompasses seven counties in northern Montana and the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.
Snow melt has the potential to cause widespread damage to farmland, private residences, and critical infrastructure. Near-record snow pack in nearly every river basin across Montana is soon expected to begin to melt off as temperatures begin to rise.
The executive order authorizes the availability and utilization of necessary state government services, equipment and supplies. It also allows the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to utilize sandbags and other resources available for critical infrastructure protection.