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Dawson County DES Update 7 – Storm Response 7-29-15


LANDFILL HOURS - The City of Glendive has extended landfill operations until 8 PM through Friday, August 7th, 2015.  This does include Saturday hours.  We ask that tree debris ONLY be transported to the landfill after 5:30 PM.  Please anticipate delays as we are required by the state DEQ to weigh every load that comes into the landfill.  Your cooperation and understanding are greatly appreciated as we continue to clean up following Monday’s storm. 

Dawson County DES Update 6 – Storm Response 7-29-15

First of all, Dawson County and the City of Glendive would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to the many employees, private contractors, and individual citizens who continue to put in extraordinary efforts in helping with the clean up response.  A special “Thank you” to crews from Bridger Pipeline, Coon Construction, and Kastle Construction for their efforts yesterday.  There have also been many instances of neighbors helping neighbors and seeing the work ethic and care that the townspeople have for one another is a great encouragement in times of crisis.

Crews from MDU and other electric subcontractors continue their work to restore power throughout the county, however there is still no concrete timetable for complete restoration.  The county continues to ask that residents of Forest and Highland Park conserve water for the immediate future.  Drinking water is available at the Emergency Operations Center at the Fairgrounds today until 5 PM and again tomorrow from 8 AM to 5 PM. 

The City of Glendive Landfill is continuing to waive fees for storm related tree debris, and has extended operating hours to 8 PM this evening.  Between the hours of 5:30 PM to 8 PM, ONLY STORM RELATED TREE DEBRIS is being accepted at the landfill.  Please understand that while crews continue to work on cleanup efforts, damage to trees or structures on your property is your responsibility.  Should you require assistance with removal of debris, you may need to contact private contractors or seek help from neighbors as city crews are not responsible for cleanup on private property.

If you have additional questions regarding the cleanup and response, please contact the County DES office at 377-2566. 

Dawson County DES Update 5 – Storm Response 7-28-15


UPDATE:  As of 4:30 PM tonight, all roads in the county and city are passable except for Sycamore Lane in Forest Park.  Debris has been moved to the side of the road and is being removed as quickly as possible.  Electrical crews from MDU and their subcontractors continue to work on restoring power throughout the service area, although at this time Forest Park, Highland Park, the south side of the city near Pearson Avenue, and other outlying areas are still without power.  City crews have isolated a water main break on Snyder Avenue and expect to have that repair completed sometime tomorrow.  Although the city and county have made a disaster declaration, there is no expectation that this event will escalate beyond a local response.  Individual property owners are encouraged to contact their private insurance providers to assess damages. 


Please refrain from contacting the police department or using 911 for non-emergency situations.  Damage to your private property is your responsibility and should be dealt with through your insurance agency.  Power outages and power related complaints should be directed to MDU at 1-800-638-3278.  Updates from MDU can be found directly on their Facebook page at   https://www.facebook.com/MontanaDakotaUtilities .


Please continue to exercise caution around downed power lines.  While the majority of lines are not active, that can change in an instant as repairs are ongoing.  Treat every downed line as if it was charged and DO NOT handle them in any way.  Also, please refrain from using camp stoves or barbecue grills indoors, as this could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. 


Dawson County DES Update 4 – Storm Response 7-28-15


ATTENTION Residents of Forest/Highland Park:  As of 4:30 PM on July 28, 2015, MDU does not have a timetable for the restoration of power in either of these subdivisions.  Therefore West Glendive Public Works requests that residents of these areas strictly conserve water use during the immediate future.  Each of these subdivisions is supplied by water pumped from public wells and without power those wells cannot replenish the storage tanks.  Drinking water is available at the Emergency Operations Center at the Fairgrounds until 7 PM tonight and again after 7 AM tomorrow morning. 

Dawson County DES – Storm Response Update 7-28-15


UPDATE:  As a result of last night’s storm, a water main was broken on South Pearson Avenue.  In addition to the damage to the water main, a power line was also downed in that vicinity, complicating the repair needed on the water line.  Due to the delay, water is not expected to be in full service through that line until sometime tomorrow.  If you are affected by this broken main and in need of water, there is water available at the Emergency Operations Center at the fairgrounds.  Water can be picked up at the EOC until 7 PM tonight.  If you have any questions, please contact the DES Office at 377-2566. 


Dawson County DES – Storm Recovery Update 9:30 AM  7-28-15


  At approximately 7:00 PM last night, Dawson County was struck by a severe thunderstorm with high winds.  Damage was widespread and severe throughout the county and city of Glendive.  Dawson County officials are working with the National Weather Service to assess damages from last night’s storm.  MDU is currently working to restore power across the service area.  Please exercise extreme caution as downed power lines may still be charged.  If you know of anyone with special needs who may require further assistance, please contact the Dawson County Health Department at 377-5213 (particularly those with powered medical devices).  Crews will be out in an attempt to assist with cleanup throughout the day.  Debris can be placed on the curb/side of the street and crews will be out to assist with the removal as they become available.  If you are removing the debris yourself, the City of Glendive would like to assure you that there will be NO FEE assessed at the landfill.  The landfill is open for regular business hours today from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  In an effort to track the damage from the storm, we ask that you submit pictures of STRUCTURAL DAMAGE to the Dawson County Disaster Emergency Services Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dawson-County-Disaster-and-Emergency-Services/121882044534578) or email them to gehnertmj@dawsoncountymail.com or fax them to (406) 377-2567.  Please include the location of the damage with your submittal and contact information for the location.  

Public Meeting Notice


On Tuesday, July 28th at 6:00 p.m. in the Dawson County High School there will be an informational public meeting regarding the classification and appraisal notices that were sent to all property owners in Dawson County. The Montana Department of Revenue staff will conduct a presentation and have a question and answer time.

A website has been established for information related to the oil spill from the Poplar Pipeline System. You can access the site at www.poplarresponse.com. If you'd like to ask a question, click the "Ask a Question" tab on the main page.



Calendar of Events -Click here for more details
July 28, 6:00 PM Public Meeting Regarding Tax Assessment Notices
August 4 10:00 AM Commissioner Session
August 18 5:30 PM Commissioner Session

Link to Legislative items for Dawson County

Measles Information: 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), starting January 1 to January 30th, 2015, 102 people from 14 states were reported to have measles.  However, Montana (at this time) is not one of the affected states.  There are no known cases of measles in Dawson County, but there are many illnesses and conditions that may be confused with measles.  Dawson County Health Department and the associated surveillance partners maintain a routine disease surveillance system as required by the State of Montana.  For more information, please visit the CDC website www.cdc.gov or contact Dawson County Health Department at 406-377-5213.

Information on West Glendive Waste Water Treatment Project

 Links to Flood Plain Information

Flu Awareness Video-produced by Huntley Project School 5th Grade C
lass in conjunction with the Dawson County Health Department


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