Fallon County awarded over $2,000,000 in disaster assistance

Nearly a year and a half after a tornado touched down in Baker, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $2.1 million in federal disaster assistance.

Heavy machinery has been brought onto the mostly drained lake creating roads for dump trucks to be loaded with sediment and carried elsewhere. Photos by Angel Wyrwas

By Angel Wyrwas

Nearly a year and a half after a tornado touched down in Baker, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $2.1 million in federal disaster assistance.

County and state officials began working almost immediately after the devastation to jump through all the hoops it takes to apply for disaster assistance. Senator Jon Tester even wrote FEMA urging them to grant funding to help Fallon County to recover after the disaster.

The tornado caused widespread and costly damage while also depositing approximately one hundred tons of debris in the Baker Lake. FEMA’s disaster assistance will be used to restore the lake.

Heavy machinery has been brought onto the mostly drained lake creating roads for dump trucks to be loaded with sediment and carried elsewhere. Photos by Angel Wyrwas

“The award of the funds from FEMA to clean up the tornado debris is essential to restoring Baker Lake, a centerpiece of our community, to its pre-disaster condition,” said Fallon County Development Advisor Jason Rittal. He has been tirelessly working for this news since last year.

“In addition to the critical financial assistance, Fallon County appreciates the cooperation it has received from all federal and state agencies involved to date,” said Rittal.

Work on the lake continues from dawn to dusk as crews try to make a quick go of it before the snow flies. Heavy machinery has been busy building roads so giant dump trucks can carry the loads of sediment elsewhere. All while continuing to dewater all the icy liquid that seems to make its way to the surface.

      



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