Choteau Acantha: Snow storm aid sought

Sen. Jon Tester, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Ryan Zinke called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to approve the State of Montana’s funding request to help rebuild communities across Montana after they were devastated by a mid-April snow storm.

“The resulting damage from this storm impacted Montana’s rural communities, severely damaged local infrastructure, and left thousands of residents and commercial customers without electricity,” Tester, Daines and Zinke wrote in a letter to the FEMA Administrator.

“These communities urgently need federal resources in order to help them restore their infrastructure and way of life.”

The storm occurred between April 14-16 and included cool temperatures, heavy snowfall, and winds reaching up to 35 miles per hour.

The counties impacted include Glacier, Liberty, Pondera, Teton and Toole.