FEMA tester and administrator visit Billings and Livingston to assess flood damage and meet with community | Jon Tester


Senator Tester today brought Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell to visit Billings and Livingston to assess damage from recent flooding and severe weather. This morning, Tester and Criswell visited a sewage treatment plant in Billings, which was closed earlier this week due to extensive flooding on the Yellowstone River, and briefed community members on the federal response to the catastrophe. This afternoon, they met with officials from the city and county of Livingston for a briefing on the flooding and ongoing recovery and response efforts.

Earlier this morning, Tester traveled to Red Lodge to assess the damage and meet with residents, whose community suffered significant damage from the flooding.

“These communities have been hit hard by this disaster, and we must ensure that we provide them with the resources they need to rebuild and recover as soon as humanly possible,” said Tester. “That’s why it’s so important to be on the ground with Administrator Criswell and talking to the people of Montana who have been affected. It is essential to hear from the horse’s mouth what these communities need right now. I am working closely with FEMA, the National Park Service, the Small Business Administration and other federal agencies to ensure the response to this tragedy is quick and effective and I appreciate the work of our first responders to ensure people’s safety.

Earlier this week, the congressional delegation from Montana sent a letter to President Biden, asking for approval of a major disaster declaration and activation of a FEMA critical aide and support for recovery efforts. The state of Montana submitted a request for a disaster declaration to the federal government on June 15, 2022 in response to major flooding in south-central Montana, which was approved by President Biden the following day. The inclement weather caused extensive property damage to homes, businesses, roads, sewers, water systems and to Yellowstone National Park. Acting Governor Kirsten Juras declared a statewide disaster on June 14, 2022.

Today, the congressional delegation from Montana sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Federal Highway Administration (FWHA) Deputy Administrator Stephanie Pollack, urging them to take immediate action and provide much-needed funding to areas affected by recent flooding. This funding would be distributed through the FWHA’s emergency relief programs. The delegation also requested regular updates on the status of emergency relief activities and coordination.


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