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Montana county to end distribution of flood sandbags

February 27, 2019

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Western Montana homeowners will no longer receive sandbags that were previously supplied by county officials to hold back floodwaters.

The Helena Independent Record reports that Lewis and Clark County announced it will no longer provide sandbags and sand in response to spring flooding. The change was prompted by the state decision against reimbursing county governments for the cost of the materials.

A county commissioner said the combined costs of bags, sand and staff labor equate to about $1 per bag distributed. Residents are being advised to purchase their own bags.

In spring 2018, Lewis and Clark County responded to flooding in the Helena Valley by providing 173 tons (157 metric tons) of sand and thousands of sandbags to area homeowners. The county also distributed sandbags in 2011 and 2018.

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Information from: Independent Record, http://www.helenair.com