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Montana Flooding

Lanay Kapperud, left, and Donald Miller use hoes April 16 to move dirt on a flood barrier that the town of Gildford constructed to protect their sewage systems and pump as rising water levels threatened to reach it.

HELENA — President Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration for flooding this spring in parts of Montana.

The action on Thursday makes federal aid available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis to Blaine, Hill, Liberty, Pondera, Toole and Valley counties.

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Flooding last April and May, mainly from snowmelt runoff, sent some rivers to their highest levels in a century, causing infrastructure damage in those areas.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

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