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Rain water causes Ten Mile Creek to jump its banks

Joel Kramer, left, tosses Nick Fonseca a sandbag on June 19, 2018, as rain water causes Ten Mile Creek to jump its banks and threaten the same neighborhoods that flooded the month earlier in the Helena Valley.

Relief agencies are staffing a free statewide hotline until July 6 for debris removal and home cleanup after the recent flooding in Montana.

The hotline will potentially connect those affected by the flooding with reputable and vetted relief agencies that will assist in debris cleanup and mucking out, as they are able, after the recent floods. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need. The first phase is to determine the number of individuals and families affected.

“Montana Volunteer Organizations Active in disaster (MTVOAD) is committed to working with reputable, vetted relief organizations that have come to help,” said Dick Deschamps, President of MTVOAD. "Survivors should call 844-965-1386 for help."

Deschamps encourages those affected by flooding to call and get their name on the registry, even if they are planning to clean up themselves. The more complete information local agencies and organizations have concerning the extent of the damage, the better those agencies and organizations can plan to have the resources necessary to assist.

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"Voluntary relief agencies play a vital role in whole community recovery. The police and fire departments are there for emergencies, but they don’t have the time or resources to clean out homes. This partnership helps connect survivors with local relief agencies working in the area," said Deschamps.

“This hotline will alert multiple relief agencies that survivors need help,” said Aaron Titus, executive director of Crisis Cleanup. “All services are free and performed by vetted and reputable relief agencies and members of VOAD. Response times will vary so we ask residents their patience while the teams receive and organize their response to help.”

The hotline cannot assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance or questions about FEMA registration.

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