Senator Jon Tester today announced seven additional flood outreach meetings for Montanans impacted by the flooding across the state. Tester’s staff will host 17 flood outreach meetings across Montana in early July. The sessions are designed to connect residents affected by flooding to resources available from state and federal agencies. Joining Tester’s representatives at many of the meetings will be the U.S. Farm Service Agency, Natural Resource Conservation Service, USDA’s Rural Development and Risk Management agencies, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Human Resource Development Council, the Montana Red Cross, the Montana Department of Revenue, the Montana Disaster Emergency Services Division, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Tester also invited the Office of the Commissioner of Securities and Insurance to participate in the meetings. Tester’s staff will have materials on hand from the Montana Department of Natural Resources, the Office of the Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, the Montana Department of Disaster and Emergency Services, the Montana Secretary of State, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Internal Revenue Service’s Disaster Program.

Today’s additions to Tester’s staff flood outreach meeting schedule are:

Carbon County Tuesday, July 12, 2011 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Carbon County Extension Office 128 South Main Street, Joliet Representative: Rachel Court

Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Red Lodge Carnegie Library 3 West 8th Street Representative: Rachel Court Carter

County Friday, July 8, 2011 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Carter County Courthouse Courtroom 214 Park Street Representative: Penny Zimmerman Fallon County

Friday, July 8, 2011 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Baker Senior Center 420 W. Montana Avenue Representative: Penny Zimmerman Lewis and Clark County

Monday, July 11, 2011 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lewis and Clark County Library Conference Room 120 S. Last Chance Gulch Representative: Shannon Lewis Stillwater County

 Wednesday, July 13, 2011 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Columbus City Hall 408 East 1st Avenue North Representative: Rachel Court Wibaux County

 Thursday, July 7, 2011 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Wibaux County Courthouse Courtroom 203 S. Wibaux Street Representative: Penny Zimmerman The previously scheduled meetings are: Big Horn County

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 9:00 – 11:00 AM Little Big Horn College Library Programs Room 1 Forestry Lane, Crow Agency Representative: Rachel Court

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 12:00 – 2:00 PM Big Horn County Public Library 419 N. Custer, Hardin Representative: Rachel Court Broadwater County

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 3:00- 5:00 PM Broadwater County Courthouse Commissioners Meeting Room 515 Broadway, Townsend Representative: Pam Haxby-Cote Dawson County

 Wednesday, July 6, 2011 2:00 – 4:00 PM Dawson Community College Toepke Center Auditorium 300 College Drive, Glendive Representative: Penny Zimmerman Fergus County

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 1:00 – 3:00 PM Lewistown Public Library 701 West Main Street, Lewistown Representative: Robyn Madison Hill County

Monday, July 11th, 2011 11:00 – 1:00 PM Hill County Courthouse Timmons Room 315 Fourth Street, Havre Representative: Cheryl Ulmer Jefferson County

Monday, July 11, 2011 10:00- 12:00 PM Jefferson County Local Development Corporation County Extension Office Board Room 309 East Legion Avenue, Whitehall Representative: Pam Haxby-Cote Musselshell County

Friday, July 8, 2011 12:00 – 2:00 PM Roundup Community Center 700 3rd Street, Roundup Representative: Rachel Court Sweet Grass County

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 1:00 – 3:00 PM Carnegie Public Library 314 McLeod Street, Big Timber Representative: Jennifer Madgic Valley County

Monday, July 11, 2011 2:00 – 4:00 PM Valley County Courthouse Courtroom 201 Court Square, Glasgow Representative: Penny Zimmerman

Tester’s staff previously held a series of 12 flooding-related outreach sessions at the end of May. Tester also recently launched, a resource website for flood victims.

 Montanans are always welcome to call Tester’s office toll-free at 866-554-4403, or visit any of his 8 field offices across Montana.

Story by Aaron Murphy