Flood Recovery Information

USDA Makes Grants Available to Help People in Rural Montana Repair Their Homes Damaged By Natural Disaster in 2022 

Bozeman, Mont., March 23, 2023 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development in Montana State Director Kathleen Williams announced today the availability of grants to low-income Montanans so they can repair their homes damaged by flooding in 2022.

The homes must be located in Presidentially declared disaster areas. Low-income residents living in the following Montana counties are eligible for the funding: Carbon; Flathead; Park; Stillwater; Sweet Grass; Treasure; and Yellowstone.

“Montanans help their neighbors through difficult times. Last year’s flooding was one of those times, and the Montana spirit was on display as neighbors helped neighbors dig out, dry out, and mop up,” said Williams. “USDA Rural Development in Montana is proud to be part of this special Montana community and to help with needed resources to rebuild lives, homes, and communities, especially for those who can least afford to do so.”

The repair grants are available as part of $55.7 million in USDA supplemental disaster funding under the Rural Disaster Home Repair Grant Program. Through this program, eligible homeowners may apply to receive grants of up to $40,675 directly from USDA to repair their homes.

Funds will be available until expended and may be used for home repair expenses resulting from Presidentally declared disasters in calendar year 2022, preparing a site for a manufactured home, or relocating a manufactured home.

To be eligible, applicants must have household incomes that do not exceed the income limits based on household size and county of residence, homes must be located in an eligible rural area, and homes must be located in a 2022 Presidentially declared disaster area.

A second announcement is forthcoming regarding additional funding to help rural communities repair water infrastructure and essential community facilities. Additional resources to support rural communities seeking disaster assistance are available at https://www.rd.usda.gov/page/rural-development-disaster-assistance.

For more information on the Home Repair program contact Katina Uecker, USDA Rural Development in Montana Housing Programs Director, at katina.uecker@usda.gov.

USDA Rural Development has six offices in Montana – Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula.

To learn more about investment resources for rural areas in Montana, call (406) 585-2587 or visit www.rd.usda.gov/mt.

Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. 

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State Disaster and Emergency Services to host Virtual Debris Removal Public Meeting

Montana Disaster and Emergency Services is hosting a virtual Public Meeting Wednesday, February 15, 2023 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. to discuss flooding debris removal the State of Montana will conduct in Carbon and other Montana counties. To attend the meeting, visit https://tinyurl.com/yb99jxvf .  This online meeting will be recorded; for more information regarding the virtual meeting, contact
Allison Taylor, Recovery Program Manager, MT DES, allison.taylor@mt.gov or call (406) 202-9457.


Crucial Flood Funding Now Available

The Red Lodge Area Community Foundation (Foundation) announced December 1, 2022 it is accepting grant applications for the Carbon County Disaster Relief fund to address crucial flood impacted housing needs in response to the June 2022 flood event. $300,000 is available right now to individual homeowners and landlords of long-term rental properties located in Carbon County, MT. 

To qualify, the property must have been directly impacted by the 2022 flood and require funding to repair crucial housing needs. This $300,000 for grants is the first round of an anticipated three rounds, for a total of $900,000 of grants to be made. The Founation is phasing the release of the funds through three rounds to ensure effective and impactful granting of funds. “By using three rounds, the Foundation will have an opportunity to ensure that all qualified households have time to learn about the grant availability, make an application, connect them with other ways to obtain relief resources, and potentially review and refine criteria for the following round of grants,” stated Tracy Timmons, Foundation Executive Director. The grants will generally range from $1,000 to $12,000 with a total maximum of all grant programs combined, per property, up to $24,000, which includes the $3,000 flood emergency relief funds that some people received earlier in the year. The Carbon County Disaster Relief funds are expected to compliment other housing resource possibilities people might have access to such as FEMA, SBA, personal loans and homeowners insurance.

The Foundation is also managing the Disaster Recovery Navigator support system. There are four navigators, two operating on each side

of the County, who are currently working with 61 active cases. Of those cases, the largest need identified has been housing repairs, at an estimated $1.3 million. Furniture and household items valued at $19,000 followed closely by Personal belongings at $12,000. That is a total of $1.33 million for just 61 households, more than the entire funding raised by the Foundation. The need is large and the Foundation set the funding priority on essential housing needs, as defined by the CDC: The principal function of a house is to provide protection from the elements. Which includes, in part, to protect against disease, injury, physiologic and psychologic needs.

 In addition to these funds, flood survivors can request to meet with a local recovery navigator, whose focus is to guide individuals to advocate and connect them to specific resources to meet their recovery needs, however that is defined by the individual. Disaster Recovery Navigators are funded by a separate $196,000 grant the Foundation secured from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. Navigators work closely with the local long term recovery group that is providing access to additional resources to meet the needs of flood survivors, on a case by case basis.

 Contact Pam Peterson at pastorpampeterson@gmail.comDisaster Relief Fund applications are located online at www.rlacf.org or by calling Sheila at 406-446-2820. Sheila will assist with grant application questions and help people complete the online form over the phone or in person, if requested. Open your cellphone camera app and scan this QR code to open the application webpage.


Red Lodge Area Community Foundation One Valley Ag Relief Fund financial assistance for those affected by recent flooding.

Beginning November 17, 2022, Red Lodge Area Community Foundation’s One Valley Ag Relief Fund application period will open for grants to help provide disaster relief to agricultural industry survivors of the flooding of June 2022, specifically for Ag-related infrastructure, field recovery, and/or irrigation canal or fixture reconstruction on agricultural properties in Carbon County, Montana. Ag producers can apply at https://www.rlacf.org/resources/funding/one-valley-ag-relief-fund/ or via the button below. Please contact RLACF for more information on One Valley Ag Relief at 406-446-2820. Note: This funding application is open through December 8, 2022.


Thurs, Oct 27, 2022
7:00 pm
Joliet Community Center
209 E. Front Ave
Joliet, MT

Watch the Video of the public meeting below , click on the button or cut and paste the link into your browser.

The video of the October 27, 2022 Carbon County Flood Update Public Meeting, featuring info presented by 14 agencies on flood repair work that has been completed, is in progress or planned for future, and preparedness measures being initiated now for the 2023 spring runoff season. View the entire 2+ hour meeting, or use the Speaker Segment guide to view the updates relative to your situation. Agencies include Carbon County Commissioners, DES & Floodplain Administrator; Mayors of Red Lodge and Fromberg, FSA, DNRC, NWS, RLACF, MDT and CCD.

Speaker Segments:
Carbon Co Commissioner Bullock-4:46;
Sen Daines’ Field Rep Kohlkorst-12:56; Fromberg Mayor Nottingham-15:06;
Red Lodge Mayor Cogswell-22:42;
Carbon & MT DES-27:28;
DES Deputy Kohley- 31:00;
Farm Services Agency Tabrizi-34:43;
Carbon Co Floodplain Administrator Dringman-37:25;
DNRC Sears-41:46;
NRCS report via Flemetis-49:55;
Custer Gallatin NF Dist Ranger Coffin-52:50;
MDT Stevenson-57:35:
Carbon Conservation District Flemetis & Thompson-1:00:06;
RL Area Community Foundation Palmatier-1:10:09;
RL Area Community Foundation Timmons-1:14:53;
Nat’l Weather Service Cory Mottice-1:17:22;
Floor open to public questions and comments-1:18:56.

Army Corps of Engineers will have personnel in Joliet and Columbus, MT Nov 7 - December 9, 2022 to assist residents with permitting required to perform work in or near a river, creek or stream. After Dec 9, 2022, please contact ACOE for assistance at 406-441-1375 or Montana.Reg@usace.army.mil

Important Carbon County Flood Survivor Information - A Chat with FEMA and the SBA

Free Legal Help Available for Montana Flooding Survivors

A free legal help hotline is now available for Montana Flooding survivors. 

The hotline is available to connect survivors to free legal services in qualifying counties who cannot  afford an attorney. Survivors can call (888) 743-5749

Hotline callers may get help with legal issues like: 

  • FEMA and SBA financial benefits 
  • Home repair contracts and property insurance claims 
  • Re-doing wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster
  • Price gouging, scams, or identity theft  
  • Landlord or tenant problems, or threats of foreclosure 
  • Disability-related access to federal, state, and local disaster programs 

Survivors can call the hotline anytime and leave a message if calling after hours. Survivors who speak a language other than English can request interpretation when calling. 

Hotline partners cannot help in all cases. For example, we cannot take cases where a settlement could  include legal fees or an award. But we can refer those cases to other legal help. 

For up-to-date information on free legal services for survivors, media members can contact our  partners in these languages: English. 

Survivors should be aware that the FEMA deadline to apply for assistance ends on August 29, 2022.  

The Disaster Legal Services (DLS) program works with state and local partners to provide free legal  help for low-income disaster survivors. The service is a partnership between the American Bar  Association Young Lawyers Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), State  Bar of Montana, and Montana Legal Services Association.

Irrigation facility repair grants of up to $250,000 per project - MT DNRC

Recognizing that agriculture is an important part of Montana’s economy and has its own infrastructure needs, the Infrastructure Advisory Commission voted to designate $10 million of Competitive Grant funds for agricultural irrigation projects. This ARPA program will help improve Montana’s irrigation infrastructure while providing water quality benefits. The Infrastructure Advisory Commission approved $8,799,153 in ARPA Irrigation Grants and Governor Gianforte concurred with that recommendation, awarding those projects ARPA grant funds. 

The Infrastructure Advisory Commission voted to designate the remaining $1,200,847 of the Irrigation Grant funds to assisting irrigation systems damaged by spring flooding of 2022.   

  • Grants will be limited to $250,000 per project.  DNRC will review projects for completeness an eligibility.  Eligible projects will be certified and presented to the Infrastructure Advisory Commission on a “first come first serve” basis.  Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant as quickly as possible for edits.  Match is required (HB 632) and match rate will be considered as a “tie breaker” for eligible projects.

USDA Rural Development Increases Hope Repair Grant Limits in Response to Montana Flood Disasters

BOZEMAN, Mont., Sept. 12, 2022 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director Kathleen Williams announced today increased grant limits available to homeowners needing to make important repairs to their homes. As a result of the Presidentially declared Yellowstone flood disaster impacting Montana, grant limits have increased from $10,000 to $36,520 in Carbon, Flathead, Park, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Treasure and Yellowstone Counties.

“Many Montanans suffered significant personal and economic losses from this flood event,” said Williams. “True to Montanans’ nature, neighbors and communities pulled together to help, and we at Montana Rural Development are honored to be able to offer this enhanced assistance for homeowners that may need it the most.”

Funding is available through Rural Development’s Single Family Housing Home Repair Loan and Grant (Home Repair) program that helps income-eligible homeowners in rural communities make health and safety repairs to their homes.

Increased grant limits are only available until June 16, 2023, then grant limits will return to $10,000. To access the full increased amount, homeowners must apply by this date. In addition, one percent loans up to $40,000 are also available to assist with repairs and other home improvements.

Applicants for the Home Repair program must:

  • Own and occupy their home located in a rural area. All listed counties are considered eligible areas except for the City of Billings.
  • Have a household income at or below the county’s very low limit. For a family of four, the maximum income limits are: $39,700 in Flathead, Sweet Grass and Treasure Counties; $41,350 in Park County; $42,300 in Carbon, Stillwater and Yellowstone Counties.
  • Grant applicants must be age 62 or older, however there are no age restrictions on loan applicants.

For more information on this program or to apply, contact Kelvin Schanaman of USDA Rural Development Montana at (406) 371-2550.

Emergency Conservation Program Assistance Available in Carbon County

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications for the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) in Carbon County to address damages from the 2022 Flood Event in June.  ECP Flood signup for Carbon County started on July 5, 2022 and ends on September 2, 2022.

ECP helps you with the cost to restore the farmland to pre-disaster conditions. You may receive up to 75 percent of the cost of approved restoration activity. Limited resource, socially disadvantaged and beginning farmers and ranchers may receive up to 90 percent cost-share.


A 25 percent advance payment will be allowed for repair or replacement of fencing. This applies to the replacement of all fencing (including wood) with barbed wire, woven wire or electric fencing.  New wood fencing is not covered under this program, but replacement of flood damaged wood fencing with the covered fencing types is eligible.


The payment limitation for ECP is $500,000 per disaster, and the funds are limited to activities to return the land to the relative pre-disaster condition.

The approved ECP practices under this authorization include:
• EC1 – Removing debris from farmland
• EC2 – Grading, shaping, releveling, or similar measures
• EC3 – Replacing or restoring permanent fences
• EC4 – Restoring conservation structures and other installations
• EC8 – Field windbreaks and farmstead shelterbelts emergency measures

You must apply for assistance prior to beginning reconstructive work. FSA’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and environmental compliance review process is required to be completed before any actions are taken. Submission of an application after reconstructive work has been completed may not qualify for ECP. Conservation concerns that were present on the land prior to the disaster are not eligible for ECP assistance.

FSA county committees will evaluate applications based on an on-site inspection of the damaged land, taking into consideration the type and extent of the damage. An on-site inspection does not guarantee that cost-share funding will be provided.

For more information on ECP, contact Mandy Tabrizi at the Carbon County USDA Service Center at (406) 962-3300 ext. 2 or visit farmers.gov/recover.

FEMA Individual Assistance Eligibility Period closed August 29, 2022.

Flood Survivors encouraged to contact FEMA despite eligibility period expiring.

The Disaster Recovery Center in Carbon County has closed as of August 29, 2022. For Assistance:

Apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

Apply by phone at the FEMA Helpline phone number at 1-800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585).

Homeowners and renters in Carbon County could apply for FEMA assistance online at disasterassistance.gov, by calling 800-621-3362 or by using the FEMA mobile app through August 29, 2022, but are still encouraged to contact FEMA. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service.

All Montana Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) have closed in Montana as of September 2022. The State of Montana continues to provide valuable resources to survivors at floodrecovery.mt.gov.

FEMA financial assistance may include money for temporary housing, basic home repairs or other disaster-related needs such as childcare, transportation and medical, funeral or dental expenses. Disaster survivors had until Aug. 29, 2022 to apply for FEMA assistance. For an accessible video on how to apply for FEMA assistance, go to youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw. If you have  questions, contact the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 to speak with a representative after local Disaster Recovery Centers have closed.

To find a location near you, visit FEMA.gov/DRC. Contact the FEMA Mitigation Helpline at 833-FEMA-4-US (833-336-2487) for information on resilient building practices. Mitigation specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT. You can also email the team at FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov. 

For more information about FEMA’s support to Montana’s flooding and severe storms recovery, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4655. Follow the FEMA Region 8 Twitter account at https://twitter.com/femaregion8.

VIDEO: How to apply for FEMA Assistance

Watch for more details (English with subtitles)

Emergency Work in the Flood Plain

If you did work or need to do work in the flood plain as a result of the flood.

Please follow this link for information on permits, etc.

Carbon County Flood Incident Interactive Map

Updated as soon as possible when new information is available. 
For questions on road closures, detours, port-a-potty and hand wash locations, etc. check here. 

Red Lodge Area Community Foundation
Disaster Assistance Application

Red Cross Flood Recovery Assistance Information

Billings Realtor Flood Recovery Assistance for Primary Residences

Your volunteer hours can help with future funding - please provide required documentation.

Please download and fill out the appropriate form below and email it in.

send to: donations@co.carbon.mt.us
or drop off at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation
Office at 122 Hauser Ave S, Red Lodge, MT 59068.

Questions may be sent to this email address as well.

To Register to volunteer or donate goods:

To Make Monetary donations (RLACF):

Past Carbon County Flooding 2022 Incident Information



Be Aware of Scam Artists

June 23, 2022 11:15am Following a natural disaster, many businesses, voluntary, faith-based, and community-based organizations, government agencies and committed citizens come together to try and

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Mold And Mildew concerns

June 23, 2022 11:10 am Mildew (mold in early stage) and molds grow on wood products, ceiling tiles, cardboard, wallpaper, carpets, drywall, fabric, plants, foods,

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Clean Up


Be Aware of Scam Artists

June 23, 2022 11:15am Following a natural disaster, many businesses, voluntary, faith-based, and community-based organizations, government agencies and committed citizens come together to try and

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Mold And Mildew concerns

June 23, 2022 11:10 am Mildew (mold in early stage) and molds grow on wood products, ceiling tiles, cardboard, wallpaper, carpets, drywall, fabric, plants, foods,

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Organic Material Disposal

6/15/22 2:45 P.M. The drop off location for organic debris (trees, branches, leaves) in the Red Lodge area has changed – Red Lodge Fire Rescue

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Floodplain Work

6/16/22 5:20 P.M. If you need to do emergency work in the floodplain or have already done so, please notify the Carbon County Floodplain Administrator.

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Insurance, etc.


Emergency work in the Flood Plain

For those living in the Floodplain -Immediately following a disaster, an Emergency Notification needs to be sent to the Floodplain Administrator describing any emergency work

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DES Flood Damage Form

6/17/2022 – The City of Red Lodge is asking that anyone impacted by the recent flooding to fill this DES form out. The survey will help

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Montana State Auditor

Troy Downing, Commissioner of Securities & Insurance, presented to the group at the Civic Center at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 16, 2022. Information was

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Assistance, Volunteer, Donations


Volunteer Forms have been updated

After continued research, the team has discovered we need to indicate the location that volunteer hours were performed. The forms on Carbonalert.org/incidents have been updated.

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Volunteer Time Tracking

6/15/22 7:08 P.M. Carbon County Volunteers – So many in our county have been tirelessly helping out their communities. Now you can help out even

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How To Volunteer

TO VOLUNTEER: https://carbonalert.org/incidents/ Our community is wonderful! We are receiving many calls on how to volunteer or donate. Click the link above and fill out

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June 19, 2022 – Volunteer forms have been updated to include the location of the work. If you have previous forms, please write the location of work on those.