'What happens after?': As Yellowstone floodwaters recede, Livingston takes stock

The waters of the Yellowstone River may be receding in Livingston, but there is still work to do.

First responders, road crews, volunteers and neighbors have been hard at work taking stock of the damage from the flood waters since early Monday morning. A day after the dramatic and violent swell of waters from the Yellowstone River, Gov. Greg Gianforte declared a statewide disaster.

The declaration came from an executive order signed by Montana Lt. Gov. Kristen Juras. Lee Newspapers reported that Gianforte was out of the country.

Though what kind of emergency funding could come to aid places like Livingston and Gardiner are unclear, the executive order does authorize the governor to use money from the state’s general fund to “meet contingencies and needs arising from these conditions.”

First responders and elected officials held a press conference Tuesday afternoon in Livingston to provide an overview of the flooding situation throughout Park County.

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Park County Commissioner Steve Caldwell said that the county was ready for the long haul.

“We are looking to see what happens after, there is obviously an after in this community, it’s resilient and resourceful,” Caldwell said.

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