Custer Gallatin forest awarded almost $40M for flood repairs; work begins on East Rosebud

An excavator works on the East Rosebud Road on May 3 to rebuild a road severely damaged in flooding last June. 

Grant Morrison, USFS

As work began last week to restore access via the East Rosebud Road following last June’s devastating floods, the Custer Gallatin National Forest announced on Tuesday that its request for federal funding to make flood-related repairs has been granted.

Road and bridge repairs total more than $22.8 million and recreation-related facilitates — such as trails, trail bridges and watershed-related work — total almost $17 million.

“We are filled with gratitude to be receiving this confirmation of funding for last year’s substantial flooding impacts,” said Mary Erickson, Custer Gallatin Forest supervisor, in a statement. “We acknowledge the importance of this landscape to all the communities that live alongside and receive benefits from these public lands.”

Factors influencing when projects could be undertaken include the amount and type of available funding, scope and scale of repairs needed, contractor availability, and the relative importance of affected sites to people across the forest, the agency noted.

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