Many in Helena angry at county's flood mitigation methods
HELENA, Mont.,- More than 100 folks came out to voice their opinion at a public forum on Monday evening. Many of them were angry, saying the county isn't doing enough to help prevent floods in the Capital City.
Several residents of Helena stood up to say they are drowning not only in flood water, but also in red tape. They say it's too difficult to get things like flood permits and culverts created.
Officials with the county and state say they are doing all they can to help ensure public safety. They say oftentimes, funding is the main issue in getting things fixed.
However, some residents were not satisfied with that defense.
"We need to get people on the ground who have stripes on their shoulders, who have some form of authority. We have a lot of people. They start getting desperate. They start getting angry, they start threatening at each other. Communities are starting having to basically police themselves or drown,” said Korri Galbraith, a concerned citizen.
Many argued that these habitual floods can be stopped with proper irrigation and attention.
Officials with Disaster and Emergency Services say they have truly endeavored to make things better.
Officials say that since 2011, the county has applied for a FEMA grant, improved drainage ways and culverts on a few major roads and crafted several models that could help fix the issue long term.
However, they say they do *not* know how long it will take until those long-term improvement plans can be implemented.