HELENA, Mont. -- Assistance for flood-related damages in Montana is almost $29 million, according to Montana Disaster and Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
FEMA's Public Assistance (PA) grant program has processed more than $23.7 million for payment to eligible applicants and FEMA's Individual Assistance has awarded more than $4.2 million in Housing and Other Needs Assistance. The U.S. Small Business Administration has provided nearly $1 million in low-interest loans to Montana homeowners, renters or business owners.
"As we near the fall season, it is important that we clean up the mess from the spring flooding and prepare for the winter months," Governor Brian Schweitzer said. "FEMA has already processed over 2,000 applications from across the state to assist Montanans in recovering from this disaster. If you have damage from flooding, please register with FEMA before the September 26 deadline."
PA grant funds support clean up of disaster debris, repair the disaster-damaged roads and bridges people use every day going to work and school, put power poles back in the ground, repair schools and pay for emergency services during the disaster. The intent of the funds is to repair and bring back infrastructure damaged in the disaster that are used by the entire community.
Over $4.8 million of the money will go toward mitigation, which protects public facilities from damage during future disasters. The FEMA PA Grant Program is available to forty-eight Montana counties and five reservations under the Presidential disaster declaration of June 17.
FEMA Public Assistance funds are available to Montana communities through a partnership of cost sharing. "FEMA picks up 75-percent of the eligible cost of the project, and the state and the applicant share the remaining portion," Doug Mayne, FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer in Montana said.
FEMA's Individual Assistance program is helping Montana residents directly in 31 counties and four reservations meet their urgent storm-related needs and repair damaged homes. Assistance may include FEMA grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-interest Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries, and other programs to help homeowners, renters and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
As of Wednesday, August 30, disaster assistance to individuals in counties affected by the flooding amounted to:
- $4,201,196 in Housing and Other Needs Assistance.
- $3,913,358 for housing expenses, including temporary rental assistance, home repair costs and assistance toward replacing destroyed homes.
- $287,838 for "Other Needs Assistance" to cover essential disaster-related expenses, such as medical and dental costs and damaged personal possessions.
- $836,300 in low-interest loans to homeowners, renters or business owners has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
- 2,236 individuals having registered with FEMA for some form of disaster assistance
- 1,706 home inspections to confirm disaster damage have been completed.
- 1,464 individuals visiting Disaster Recovery Centers.
To register for assistance or check on their registration status, residents can go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov, via web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov, or call 1-800-621-3362. FEMA phone lines are open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week; multilingual operators are available. If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585....