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Lt. Governor Cooney tours floods, fills sandbags in Missoula

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Montana's Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney made a stop in Missoula to assess the flooding that's forced dozens of residents to evacuate.

The Clark Fork River reached major flood stage (13 feet) Thursday afternoon. As you might imagine, getting a first look at the floods and the homes being impacted was overwhelming for Lt. Governor Cooney.

He commended Missoula County Officials and residents for their response to one of the worst floods the community has seen in decades.

Cooney wasted no time when he arrived in Missoula and jumped right in to help fill sandbags just like the hundreds of volunteers who've been working to help their neighbors this week.

"You’ve got the organizations prepared to deal with disaster, but it’s the volunteers, the local volunteer force that has just been incredible," said Cooney.

“Thank you,” was a phrase Lieutenant Governor Cooney used frequently during his visit from volunteers to emergency responders and local officials. He thanked them all for handing the difficult situation that's disrupting so many lives snd he got a firsthand look at the disruption.

Cooney said this is some of the worst flooding he's seen in the state and he can relate to those residents dealing with evacuation orders. He received an evacuation warning during fire season and knows how hard it can be.

"It's going to take a long time to come back and feel like its home again," Cooney said. "This is a very, very sad situation."

Cooney told Missoula County officials the state is on standby to assist with additional resources. 

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