West Rosebud Opens, Main Fork Rock Creek & East Rosebud Underway, Additional $22 Million in Repairs Estimated.

Release Date: Sep 23, 2022

Flood Repairs Continue, Utilizing the First $5.7 Million in Emergency Release Funding
Bozeman, MT- September 23, 2022 – Flood Repair work is underway on five major drainages on the Custer Gallatin National Forest, heavily impacted from the June 2022 flooding event, including contract and design work to on-the-ground progress. The West Rosebud Creek drainage that accesses Mystic Lake and the Mystic Lake Hydropower Facility is the first to complete temporary damage repairs and is opening Friday, September 23, 2022. Mill Creek (Yellowstone R.D.), Taylor Fork (Hebgen R.D.) and Main Fork of Rock Creek (Beartooth R.D.) are all anticipated to begin ground repairs starting in October. The East Rosebud drainage design work has been awarded for the temporary road and bid for construction work will occur in October, while the West Fork of Rock Creek is in process of being awarded.
As of Sept 23, 2022, the Custer Gallatin National Forest completed detailed damage inspection reports on 54 sites, describing and itemizing an additional $22,800,000 in transportation system damage, beyond the initial emergency request of $5.7 million. The Forest will work closely with Federal Highways on the review of the reports this fall and winter and determine a plan for projects to be funded into fiscal year 2023 and beyond.
“Eighty-plus Forest employees actively helped with the emergency response efforts from the June flooding events. Immediately following these efforts, a rapid assessment of sites documenting over 150 damaged points begun and was critical in securing the path to recovery for the Custer Gallatin National Forest.” said Mary Erickson, Custer Gallatin Forest Supervisor. “Upon submitting the request for the initial $5.7 million in emergency funding, we knew this only accounted for a portion of the damage needs (approximately 25%) for our transportation infrastructure.”
Additional damage assessments have been completed for 88 recreation sites, trails, roads, bridges, and watershed needs to date, and is estimated at over $10 million in critical needs, outside of the Federal Highways Emergency Release of Federally Owned Roads program (known as ERFO). These facilities and repair needs serve the public and permittees, including outfitters and guides, campground concessionaries, organization camps, recreation residence holders, range permittees, local communities, and the local tourism industry. The Forest is seeking internal Disaster Relief Supplement options, as well as partnership opportunities.
From July through mid-September Forest specialists, from a variety of fields including engineering, hydrology and recreation have documented the additional funding needs, which will total almost $30 million in ERFO funding requests for 2023. Funds associated with these repair efforts generally would likely have a two-year contract award and delivery date identified with them.

Of the 150 sites documented, 66 are roads, 26 road bridges, 13 recreation sites, 25 trail sites and 12 trail bridge sites. Additionally, the Custer Gallatin National Forest hosted approximately 20 displaced outfitters and guides participating in the emergency determination process for displaced outfitting permittees from Yellowstone National Park and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Recovery is expected to take several years, and the Custer Gallatin National Forest is working with community needs, as all the communities surrounding the Forest rely in some part on access to the National Forest for a suite of personal, spiritual, and financial or business needs.

For County specific flooding information visit respective websites or pages and for general forest information visit online at www.fs.usda.gov/custergallatin or follow: Custer Gallatin National Forest.
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