GREAT FALLS – Officials with the Chippewa Cree Tribe are slowly digging residents out after a snowstorm buried the area earlier this week.

The Montana Department of Transportation was able to bring equipment to the region to clear the roads.

Crews dug people out with medical needs so they could get to appointments and receive appropriate treatment,

Hill County Electric was able to restore power to everyone except roughly 10 homes.

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Chippewa Cree Tribal Water Resource Director Dustin White asked residents to be patient as crews slowly work through the heavy and wet snow.

“I am hoping by tomorrow afternoon we will have all the major arteries opened up and a lot of the villages will be open,” White said. “Then we will start working on the individual homes that are off the main highways.”

White hopes normal operations will resume by Thursday afternoon or Friday.

White added that as the snow starts to melt, crews will prepare for high waters.

If you are in need of assistance, please call the Tribal Water Resources Department Office at 395-4225, 395-4147, or 395-4132.