Disaster and Recovery
To track weather, go to www.weather.gov and click on the area of concern within the state of Montana on the map. On the top of that page, you can toggle through tabs (“Watches and Warnings”, “Observations”, etc.) or you can scroll down the page for more forecast information. You can also click on “Hydrology” on the menu on the left side of the page to see real time stream gauge data.
For additional local weather information, contact the service hydrologist or forecaster on duty in the following offices:
> Billings Weather Service office, 406-652-0851
> Glasgow Weather Service office, 406-228-4042
> Great Falls Weather Service office, 406-453-2081
> Missoula Weather Service office, 406-329-4840
Montana Department of Emergency Services (DES)
During a flood event, county Disaster and Emergency Services coordinators should be coordinating with your community’s first responders—typically your fire and sheriff/police departments. Find out who the DES coordinator is for your county, if you don’t already know. If you need additional disaster response information, you may also contact Marschal Rothe, Montana DES Response Branch Manager, 406-324-4776.
If you have a question, please first contact your County or Tribal DES Coordinator. For incidents and emergencies in which the DES Coordinator is not available or otherwise unreachable, you may contact the State DES Duty Officer at 406-324-4777 (24 hours a day, 365 days a year).
Permitting emergency and repair work (excavation, rip rap, fill, etc.)
If emergency or repair work is being done in or near a regulatory floodplain, it will likely require a Conservation District 310 Permit and/or a Floodplain Permit. Anyone considering doing emergency or repair work in or near the regulatory floodplain (or in a stream or tributary) should contact the community's Floodplain Administrator first to obtain the proper permits.
Coordinating with DNRC and your Conservation District during an emergency can help avoid potential permitting issues that may arise after the emergency or repair work is completed and the flood event has passed.
Documenting flood events and costs
If any structures in your community are damaged from flooding, the structure owner(s) will need to document the flood damage, including flood fighting costs, what flood insurance will pay them, and what they will have to pay out of pocket. If a structure has suffered flood damage, structure owners should make a flood claim as soon as possible.
Use the following methods to document flood events and/or flood damage:
Photos—Label with location, stream names, time, date, event, and photographer name.
Videos— Label with location, stream names, time, date, event, and photographer name.
High water marks—Mark any structures that have defined water marks on them with indelible ink or a nail. Record these locations with notes and photographs.
DNRC keeps an archive of flood photos/video for informational purposes. If you are willing, please pass any photo/video documentation of flooding to Michelle Phillips, 406-444-1300. Finally, be mindful that no photo or video is worth risking your life--use caution when documenting floods or flood damage.
Substantial Damage (SD) - Substantial Improvements (SI)
Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants
Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)
Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC)
Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL)
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
Predisaster Mitigation (PDM)
Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance
HMA Application Development and Process
Flood Insurance Claims
Steve Story, PE, CFM
Water Operations Bureau
Traci Sears, CFM
Walter Ludlow, PE
Tiffany Lyden, CFM
Civil Engineering Specialist