Flooding prompts emergency declaration in Lewis and Clark County

Posted at 11:14 AM, Jun 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-21 13:14:43-04

HELENA – Lewis and Clark County commissioners have enacted an emergency declaration in response to the flooding in Augusta and the Helena valley.

Commissioners briefed by leaders from various departments Thursday morning on the conditions created by the flooding that started earlier this week.

Public Works Director Eric Griffin spoke of the damage to roadways and other infrastructure and the work his crew is doing to assess any further damage. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office Captain Brent Colbert updated commissioners on first responders working to keep residents safe.

DES coordinator Reese Martin shared the status of impacted communities like Augusta and how they’re continuing to prepare with more rain in the forecast.

“We’re in a state of situational awareness. We’re maintaining an awareness of the situation at hand, with regards to what we need to do to protect the public and critical infrastructure if more rain and more flooding occurs, what we need to do to protect public safety and our responders’ safety in the event of more flooding," Martin said.

Martin added that the Lewis and Clark County website and the county DES Facebook page are the best sources of information as new developments occur.

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