Contact:  Sharon Flemetis, Stillwater Conservation District

Stillwater Conservation District Sponsors Emergency Watershed Protection Program for Flood Recovery

Columbus, Mont., July 25, 2022The Stillwater Conservation District is partnering with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) by providing local sponsorship for the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program. Contact the conservation district as soon as possible to determine eligibility for EWP flood recovery assistance.

Through EWP, local NRCS personnel will conduct a flood damage assessment to determine program eligibility and evaluate potential alternatives to protect the property from further damage.  After site assessments are complete, the conservation district will develop an agreement with the landowner that describes available financial and technical assistance. Site assessments have already begun in many locations.

Email or stop in at the Stillwater Conservation District at 334 N. 9th Street, Columbus MT, for more information and to begin the site assessment process. EWP information is also available on the NRCS Montana website at under Programs. 

Attention Property Owners: If you have been impacted by the flood, please click on the new GIS survey link below or the provided QR code and fill out the requested information:


Governor Gianforte declared a statewide disaster for severe flooding in Stillwater County. Montana Disaster and Emergency Services continue to support local authorities in Stillwater County as well as working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on the next steps.

There is extensive flooding around the County along the Stillwater River, Rosebud Creek, and Yellowstone River. Fire-Rescue, Law Enforcement, and the Roads and Bridge Department have been deployed.  There have been many voluntary evacuations, as well as rescues from homes & campgrounds.  Multiple roads are flooded and impassable.  Assessments of roads, bridges, and homes have begun and will continue.  The County will be blocking roads as needed.  Don’t drive through water and be safe.

For all incidents and emergencies call 911. For information call DES 406-322-8015

Stillwater County Emergency Flood Permitting- 310 Permit

Natural Disaster Property Tax Reduction – July 12, 2022

Road Information

Road Closures- Stillwater County
Montana Department of Transportation Road Conditions
Road Update- July 6, 2022
  • Road closure update. The Stillwater County Commissioners are working diligently with Stahly Engineering to evaluate current road closures and the necessary steps that need to be taken to begin the design and repair work for future re-opening of these critical transportation routes. This process will take a period of time, so please be patient. The Stillwater County website and social media pages are updated frequently and will reflect the current condition of the roads. If the roads are posted as closed, please abide by this closure and understand that it is being worked on. We ask you not to call the DES office for road updates. Please refer to the County website or social media page for current information. Stillwater County will come out of this disaster more resilient and stronger than before, but it will take us all working together.  Thank you for your cooperation.
Road Open at Hwy 419 at Rockin’ J -June 28, 2022
  • Hwy 419 at Rockin’ J is now open! Welcome back! Drive safely!- June 28, 2022

Flood Recovery

Disaster Survival Assistance (DSA) Teams- July 09, 2022
  • Disaster Survival Assistance (DSA) teams are currently working in Stillwater County this weekend. They will continue to work throughout the county after the Disaster Recovery Center opens next week. CLICK HERE for more DSA information.
Flood Recovery Assistance- July 8, 2022

American Red Cross Financial Assistance (PDF)

Multi-Agency Resource Center *NOT associated with FEMA Recovery Center or Individual Assistance relief*- July 6, 2022

Recovery information with cleanup, food assistance, and legal information (PDF)

Stillwater County Disaster Declaration -June 13, 2022
Major Disaster Declaration- Amended to include Individual Assistance to Stillwater County- July 1, 2022

The Major Disaster Declaration has been amended to include Individual Assistance for residents of Stillwater County.

Apply online at

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

Any work in the floodplain requires a floodplain permit, to be filed with the County’s Floodplain Administrator @ Stillwater County Planning and Economic Development

The Stillwater Conservation District- can assist with some of the permits required for the joint application.

For more post-flood resources, please visit or Stillwater County Extension

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Small Business Administration (SBA) Help for Montana Businesses
Landowners Located Within the 100-Year Floodplain-June 27, 2022

FEMA and State DES representatives arrived yesterday to view the flood damage throughout Stillwater County. We are fortunate to have them here to assist the county in planning and solutions to flood recovery.  Stillwater County leadership and DES briefed the FEMA team on the current situation here in the county.  They will be providing much needed support to aid in our recovery process. 

Pictured left to right: Stillwater County DES Emergency Manager David Stamey, State DES Administrator Delila Bruno, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Maona Ngwira

We are also fortunate to have FEMA damage assessment teams in Stillwater County earlier than expected.  The FEMA teams have begun assessments in the Absarokee, Nye, Dean and Fishtail areas and will continue throughout the day.  If you have questions about this process, call the DES Emergency Operations Center 406-322-8015

MSU Extension Flooding Resources- June 21, 2022
Stillwater County Solid Waste Board- June 20, 2022

River Information