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By Tim Leeds 

Officials tell Tester flood costs could rise


A group of officials meeting in Chinook told U. S. Sen. Jon Tester Tuesday that flood damages could mount over time, leaving cash-strapped local governments with little recourse while not giving them the one-time expenses for government aid.

Hill and Blaine counties officials told Tester that, so far, they have been able to deal with the flooding. However, especially if a fast melt increases the flooding, the costs over time could be more than they can bear.

"If you think about emergencies, you think about one-time events, " Blaine County Commissioner Vic Miller told Tester. "What we're f...

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