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Montana State Parks Celebrates Completion of Flood Mitigation Project at Bannack State Park

(Dillon, MT) – Montana State Parks ( will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the flood mitigation project at Bannack State Park on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 1pm.

The project was a collaborative effort between Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and the Montana Department of Administration’s Risk Management and Tort Defense Division. Pioneer Technical Services in Belgrade, MT produced the project design, and construction began in June and was completed this fall.

“As Montana’s first territorial capital, the structures at Bannack are unique and historically significant,” said John Lewis, Director, Department of Administration. “We are proud to be part of a collaborative public-private effort to ensure that Bannack remains a true state treasure.”

In recent years, flooding has caused considerable damage to Bannack’s historic structures and natural resources, and raised concerns about public safety. The newly completed flood detention facility will protect the park by holding flash flood waters and safely redirecting flows away from the townsite and into a storm drainage channel and aqueduct.

The townsite of Bannack is irreplaceable,” said Martha Williams, Director, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. “As stewards, it is our proud duty to protect and preserve the park for future generations and this project is key to achieving that mission.”

The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place overlooking the flood detention facility and will be followed by a reception at the Meade Hotel. The public is welcome to attend. Representatives from FWP, the Department of Administration, and the Governor’s office are scheduled to attend. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the Meade Hotel.

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Pat Doyle
Marketing and Communications Manager,
Montana State Parks
(406) 444-3818

Amber Conger
Communications Director,
Department of Administration
(406) 444-5764

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