After the devastating floods in south-central Montana over the past several days, the city of Billings is helping out the areas affected most by flooding. The Billings Chamber of Commerce provided several ways others can help:

Family Service is collecting cash donations to help individuals that lost so much during the flood. Hooligan’s sports bar is hosting a fundraising event on Monday, June 27. A portion of the sales made on that day go to restaurant workers in Red Lodge and other impacted communities. The fundraising event will also feature a silent auction and raffle. Those wishing to donate items for the auction and raffle can drop them off at the Brew Pub or call 406-252-9200.

Stockman Bank also opened a Montana Flood Relief Fund and will be matching donation funds through August 1. Mail or bring donations to any Stockman Bank location in Billings. Make the check payable to the Montana Flood Relief Fund. You can also send donations digitally using Venmo or Zelle. 

The Bank of Red Lodge is also accepting donations for the Carbon County Disaster Relief Fund, where they will match donations up to 25,000 dollars. Drop off donations at the bank and make checks payable to the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation. Donations can also be sent to PO Box 1871 in Red Lodge, MT 59068.

Sherry Weamer is the Executive Director of the Red Lodge Area Chamber of Commerce. She says the town is preparing for a soft reopening event with several shops, lodging partners, and restaurants will be open for tourists. Some areas of the town do not have moving water, so visitors are encouraged to bring their own water. Weamer also says a meeting will be held this afternoon to discuss which areas will be closed off to the public.

A press release from the Red Lodge Chamber of Commerce says they still plan on hosting events, with the first being the Red Lodge Songwriters Festival from June 24-26. The second event is the Home of Champions Rodeo, July 2 – 4, followed by the annual Beartooth Rally and Red Lodge Car Show. Visitors can also explore the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary, explore historic downtown Red Lodge or have a fun and scenic horseback ride. 

If you plan on visiting Red Lodge, please remember to be kind and patient at this time and respect any road or business closures in the area.