Disaster declared for storm damage in Napaskiak

by Angela Denning-Barnes on November 28, 2012

Governor Sean Parnell has issued a state disaster declaration for the village of Napaskiak for damages suffered in a storm, October 4-5.

The National Weather Service issued coastal flood watches or advisories for the Yukon and Kuskokwim Deltas. The strong storm moved north into the Bering Sea and produced severe winds, heavy rain, and storm surges up to four feet above mean tide levels.

Several areas within Napaskiak experienced flooding. Tribal-owned facilities and boardwalks suffered damage and several areas in town required flood-debris clean-up efforts.

On Oct. 8, the Native Village of Napaskiak declared a local disaster emergency and requested help from the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The same day, two representatives from the state traveled to Napaskiak to view damage and provide technical advice.

The state’s emergency order is specifically for public assistance. It covers eligible emergency protective measures, including temporary and permanent repairs.

The community of Akiak also suffered from fall storms losing hundreds of feet of its river bank in front of town. However, because erosion was a pre-existing condition, Akiak has not been able to get state assistance. The state’s Public Assistance Program is designed to help state, local, and tribal governmental entities damaged by a specific event.

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