A helping hand

Stillwater and other area residents rallying to help strangers in need
By: 
Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, April 11, 2019

A group of area residents are rallying to help flood-devastated Nebraska and looking for as much help as they can get.

“Montana to Nebraska Flood Relief” has secured a truck, a driver and fuel to take desperately needed farm, ranch and veterinarian supplies to Niobrara and Spencer, Neb., — two of the 77 Nebraska counties hit hard last month by heavy rainfall and rapid snowmelt. Three-quarters of the state’s 93 counties have declared emergencies with damage surpassing $1.3 billion, according to an article by National Public Radio. That total includes $840 million in crop and cattle losses.

Determined to help in whatever way possible, “Montana to Nebraska Flood Relief” is taking action. On a GoFundMe page, the group wrote the following:

“Montanans let’s pay it forward and help out the folks in Nebraska that have been hard hit by the recent flooding. Niobrara and Spencer Nebraska are our focus areas.

We’ve got a great start with a 24-foot truck, a determined driver and the fuel ready to be eastbound and down. Let’s fill it up and see if we can’t get ourselves a convoy!

All monetary donations will be used to purchase various fencing materials, vet supplies, salt and mineral blocks, muck boots, cleaning supplies and whatever else is needed.”

As of Wednesday morning, $450 of the $10,000 goal had been raised and a bank account had been established at Yellowstone Bank in Columbus under the name “Montana to Nebraska Flood Relief.”

Other than money, the following items are being sought:

-Fencing, including barbed-wire, rail ties, electric fence goods)

-Veterinarian supplies

-Salt minerals

Columbus Tire and Repair Inc. has volunteered to serve as a collection site. There is also a drop location for donations in Billings at the following address:
Western Ranch Supply
7305 Entryway Dr
Billings, MT  59101
Hours: 8-6 Mon-Sat

More collections sites are being sought in each town. The target date to leave for Nebraska is April 20.

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