Posted: Aug 13, 2013 9:52 AM by Adam Bell - KBZK News
Updated: Aug 13, 2013 9:52 AM
Gallatin County submitted paperwork today to the Governor's office, requesting assistance for those impacted by the August 1 hail storm.
According to Commissioner Joe Skinner, crop damage is estimated at a minimum of $44 million, not including damage to property from the golf-ball sized hail that moved through the Manhattan area. After the declaration by Gallatin county, the next step is for the governor to take the request to Washington D.C.
"I have the authority to request an emergency declaration from the President of the United States," said Gov. Steve Bullock. "And seeing the damage here, this is, you know (an emergency). We've already had fires, we've had floods, we've had some drought in Montana, for something that moves so quickly it's clear that there's significant damage and it makes a big difference not only to the farmers and those that are growing, but to the overall communities as well."
Last week, the Governor along with senator Jon Tester took a look at the damage first hand.