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Conditions on Crow Reservation treacherous after flooding

Some members of the Crow Tribe of Montana have been without electricity and water for over 24 hours due to major flooding on the reservation.

There's currently no access to Lodge Grass, a community of about 500 people. More than 100 residents sought shelter at the local high school while another 195 evacuated to Billings.

"It doesn't even seem real yet," Brian Pretty Eagle, whose home and ranch were destroyed, told Reuters. "Once it hits me, it's really going to hit me."

The Bureau of Indian Affairs also said 30 tribal members are stranded just across the border in in Sheridan, Wyoming. They have no way to get back to the reservation due to road closures.

The Crow Tribe declared a disaster on Monday. Although waters appeared to be receding yesterday, many roads on the reservation remain flooded, including 80 miles of a major interstate.

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) issued an emergency for the entire state.

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Stranded Lodge Grass residents in need of supplies (KTVQ-TV 5/24)
I-90 closed 80 miles through Crow Indian Reservation (KTVQ-TV 5/24)
Hundreds flee advancing floodwaters in Montana (Reuters 5/24)
Lodge Grass residents pump out water, muck out mud in wake of flood (The Billings Gazette 5/24)
I-90 south of Hardin remains closed; flooding impacts many other roads (The Billings Gazette 5/25)

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Crow Tribe issues disaster declaration due to major floods (5/23)

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