10-3-315. Debris and wreckage removal in emergencies or disasters. (1) Whenever the governor has declared a state of emergency or state of disaster to exist under the laws of this state or the president, at the request of the governor, has declared a major disaster or emergency to exist in this state, the governor is authorized:
(a) notwithstanding any other provision of law, through the use of state departments or agencies or the use of any of the state's instrumentalities, to clear or remove from publicly or privately owned land or water debris and wreckage that may threaten public health or safety or public or private property in any state of emergency or state of disaster declared by the governor or major disaster as declared by the president;
(b) to accept funds from the federal government and utilize the funds to make grants to any political subdivision or tribal government for the purpose of removing debris or wreckage from publicly or privately owned land or water.
(2) (a) Authority under this section may not be exercised unless the affected political subdivision, tribal government, corporation, organization, or individual first presents an unconditional authorization for removal of the debris or wreckage from public and private property and, in the case of removal of debris or wreckage from private property, first agrees to indemnify the state government against any claim arising from the removal.
(b) Whenever the governor provides for the clearing of debris or wreckage pursuant to subsection (1)(a) or (1)(b), employees of the designated state agencies or individuals appointed by the state are authorized to enter upon private land or waters and perform any tasks necessary to the removal or clearing operation.
History: En. 77-2314 by Sec. 18, Ch. 335, L. 1977; R.C.M. 1947, 77-2314; amd. Sec. 8, Ch. 228, L. 2011.