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Bullock seeks federal assistance for flood damage

By Associated Press
Published On: Jul 02 2013 11:47:36 AM MDT
Updated On: Jul 02 2013 06:49:10 PM MDT
Missouri River flooding

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HELENA, Mont. -

Gov. Steve Bullock is seeking federal assistance for damage caused by this spring's flooding in northern and central Montana.
    
The Democratic governor sent President Barack Obama a request for a federal disaster declaration on Monday. A presidential declaration would allow federal aid to be used to assist with repairs.
    
The request includes a preliminary assessment that says the flooding from heavy rainfall in May caused $3.15 million in damage in 12 counties and three Indian reservations.
    
Those with the most damage are the Rocky Boy's reservation and Hill and Blaine counties.
    
Bullock says in his letter there is extensive damage to roads, culverts, bridges, water systems, public buildings and homes.
    
Several areas remain inaccessible due to bridge and culvert damage.