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Ute Tribe runs out of funding due to flooding on reservation

The Ute Tribe has declared a state of emergency on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah.

The tribe has been dealing with floods and landslides since May 20. As a result, all of its emergency funding has run out.

"Even though we haven’t seen the big water yet, we’ve exhausted all of our funding," emergency management director Misty Bruns told The Vernal Express.

The Duchesne and Green rivers are expected to rise at least three feet this week, Bruns told the paper. At least eight families have been told they might need to evacuate.

The tribe hopes the emergency declaration will lead to federal funding.

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Tribe declares flooding emergency (The Vernal Express 6/8)

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