MISSOULA, Mont. — Governor Greg Gianforte's office reports the governor will survey flood damage in Gardiner on Friday, six days after departing for Italy on a private trip.
Gianforte's office issued the following statement Friday morning:
"With the governor back in the state and security concerns no longer an issue, we are providing information as promised. The governor departed early Saturday morning to Italy with his wife for a long-planned personal, private trip. When severe flooding struck, the governor delegated his authority to respond to the disaster to Lieutenant Governor Kristen Juras with whom he worked closely over the last four days to take swift, decisive action. Grateful to be back in Montana, the governor looks forward to being on the ground in Gardiner this morning to survey damage and meet with residents and local officials about recovering and rebuilding."