Many caught in June flooding still struggling with housing as winter approaches


In the weeks following the historic summer floods that swept his house down the Yellowstone River, Mike Kinsey lived in a salvaged tent on his property for six weeks before finding temporary housing nearby.

“I got a lot into this place. It wasn’t just a house,” he said of his lost Park City home. “I lived here for 40 years…and now I don’t even know what to expect.”

Park City resident Mike Kinsey’s house rests on a gravel bar in the Yellowstone River just upstream of Laurel in this aerial view on June 30.

LARRY MAYER, Billings Gazette

Although he is one of the few Montanans to lose their entire home, Kinsey’s far from the only one facing housing uncertainties for the months ahead. According to the Montana Department of Commerce, over 300 homeowners and renters recently self-reported their homes still needing repairs to make them fit to live in.

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