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Montana reservation braces for fuel shortage, flooding

The Billings Gazette reports residents of the reservation in southeast Montana are still digging out and connecting ... Department director Janis Spear says most homes have regained access to services, so now the department is working to reconnect access ...

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BILLINGS, Mont(AP) — In a story March 3 about snowstorms on a Montana reservation, The Associated Press reported erroneously that GovSteve Bullock is a RepublicanHe is a Democrat. A corrected version of the story is below: Montana reservation braces for fuel shortage, flooding Authorities have shifted their attention to securing access to heat and bracing for possible flooding as residents of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation recover from last month’s relentless snowstorms Most Read Nation & World StoriesHow a porn star’s secret spilled into public viewFlorida legislature bucks NRA to pass new gun restrictions after Parkland school shootingHouston-area woman charged after neighbor's home locks gluedBones discovered on Pacific island belong to Amelia Earhart, new forensic analysis shows  VIEWWWII aircraft carrier found in Coral Sea by Allen expedition  WATCHUnlimited Digital Access: $1 for 4 weeksBILLINGS, Mont(AP) — Authorities are shifting their attention to securing access to heat and bracing for possible flooding as residents of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation recover from last month’s relentless snowstorms. Residents on the reservation in southeast Montana are still digging out and connecting to services after back-to-back storms deposited feet of snow in some areas, the Billings Gazette reported. The Northern Cheyenne Disaster and Emergency Services department received more than 800 calls for service in the past two weeks, said department Director Janis Spear. “I don’t even know how to describe it; it was almost like a panic — people calling and calling and calling,” Spear said“We were having to get ambulances unstuck so they could get to patients’ homes.” Most homes regained access to services as of Wednesday, so the department moved to reconnect residents with access to firewood and propane, Spears saidWorkers were still clearing roads and attempting to reach residents who have been snowed in for days. “People aren’t able to get out to where they generally go to harvest their woodSo now, because of the amount of snow that fell, they can’t just get a shovel or a pickup plow to open the road,” Spears said“It’s going to take some coordination to get these roads open to the backcountry so people can get their wood.” Democratic GovSteve Bullock on Tuesday declared a state of emergency for three reservations and two Montana countiesFor the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, the declaration could streamline access to state funding and resources. The state is still working to coordinate with the tribe on what is immediately needed, said Charlie Hanson, the eastern district field officer for Montana Disaster and Emergency Services. Spear said the department has begun planning for flooding, a possible result of the deep snow. The Associated Press Next StoryImmigrant accused of murders in Guatemala facing deportation Previous StoryNorthStar wants to buy shuttered Vermont Yankee nuke plant // PROD-1622 Outbrain AB Test // Have to disable outbrain from running at this point based on optimizely test booleans (function() { if ( SEATIMESCO.hasOwnProperty('outbrain') && SEATIMESCO.outbrain.hasOwnProperty('enabled') && SEATIMESCO.outbrain.enabled === false ) { var outbrain = null; outbrain = document.querySelector('.OUTBRAIN[data-widget-id="AR_6"]'); if (outbrain !== null ) { outbrain.parentNode.removeChild(outbrain); } } })(); Contact Newsroom staff list FAQ Contact form About the company Seattle Restaurant Week Newspapers in Education Fund for the Needy Employment Historical Archives Pulitzers Company information Permissions Seattle Times Store Advertise Classifieds Autos Homes Obituary Jobs Media Kit Advertise with Us Subscriber Services Subscribe Activate Account Manage Subscription Place Temporary Hold Report Delivery Issue Make a Payment Print Replica Today’s Front Page Facebook Twitter RSS Feeds Newsletters Mobile Apps Subscribe

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