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Minor flood watch issued for Crow Indian Reservation

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Many counties including Yellowstone, Musselshell, and Carbon are facing flood warnings, as well as the Crow Reservation.

A meeting was held in Crow Agency Tuesday evening involving community leaders such as the Crow Tribe DES, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Crow Tribal council members. CJ Not Afraid is the coordinator for the district council and records, and explained what's happening on the reservation.

"Flooding in the Lodge Grass creek and the Little Bighorn River," Not Afraid said.

Two major rivers that run through the reservation are in minor flood stage, causing different parts of the area to flood. Leaders discussed preparations to help the community, which has been a major topic since January this year.

Solomon Little Owl is the Crow Tribal CEO and explained what topics needed to be discussed.

"Readiness, making sure our inventory is ready to go," Little Owl said. "That our equipment is filled and our workers know what's really going on."

Many homes are in danger from the flooding. Some have already been affected. Jared Stewart owns a home in Crow Agency. His basement has been flooding since Monday morning.

"We were lucky that we at least kept things inside the plastic totes. That saved a lot of the personal items and the heirlooms and the things we wanted to keep as a family."

Stewart said the flooding contribution is from the rivers, the snow melt, rainfall, and run-off from the hills.

 Little Owl said even though the Crow Reservation is under a minor flood watch, the community should remain calm.

"Most of the communities are prepared and that's why we're not in a panic mode," Little Owl said. "We're just following the steps that we wanted to follow and make sure that we don't miss anybody that should have a play in the role in helping the tribe."

He said the meetings are all about safety, preparedness, and communication.

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