- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The president has signed a disaster declaration for Montana over damage caused by widespread flooding and ice jams early last month.

President Barack Obama signed the declaration Thursday that makes federal funding available on a cost-sharing basis to state and eligible local governments and some private, nonprofit organizations for repair or replacement of facilities damaged by recent flooding. The counties affected are: Broadwater, Dawson, Golden Valley, Jefferson, Lake, Musselshell, Park, Pondera, Prairie, Ravalli, Richland, Rosebud, Sanders, Stillwater, and Wheatland.

The declaration also makes federal funding available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said 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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