Alaska officials have so far tallied 89 homes severely affected by the storms that hit western Alaska over the weekend, but Gov. Mike Dunleavy, who previously visited the area, said the damage was not complete. A reasonable quote will not be available within a few days…a week.
The wreckage of Pacific Typhoon Marbock, which hit western Alaska on Saturday, destroyed roads, overturned homes, collapsed living sheds and scattered debris along 1,000 miles of coastline.
Dunleavy said at Thursday’s briefing that it was too early to give an estimate of the damage caused by the storm. Because we are evaluating the degree of
“These estimates are probably far into the future because we expect to find things that need to be worked on that no one has seen yet,” said Dunleavy.
Dunleavy called for the region to be declared a federal disaster to aid recovery efforts before the winter freeze rapidly approaches. Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Dean Criswell is scheduled to arrive in Alaska on Friday directly from a trip to Puerto Rico, where Hurricane Fiona caused widespread devastation. Criswell plans to visit the affected areas of western Alaska over the weekend.
[‘Some of them just disappeared’: Essential pieces of life in Nome were lost in the storm]
Dunleavy has already requested $10 million in state emergency funding to begin addressing immediate needs. In 2011, $30 million in federal disaster funds were sent to Alaska to help with repairs. The Dunleavy administration expects the cost of the event to exceed that.
The governor traveled to Bethel, Newtok, Hooper Bay, Scammon Bay, Nome, Golovin, Elim and Koyuk earlier in the week with other state officials to assess the damage once the storm subsided. He said Thursday he plans to return to the area on Oct. 1 to assess progress on repairs.
[In the midst of the storm, a dash to keep the power on in Hooper Bay]
About 130 members of the Alaska National Guard, Defense Forces and Navy Militia are deployed in the area, according to Maj. Gen. Torrence Sachs, commissioner of the Alaska National Guard and Veterans Affairs. They are tasked with clearing debris, communicating with community members, and understanding their needs, Saxe said.
Among the most severe damage confirmed by state officials so far are the destroyed section of the road between Nome and Council and the Elim, Golovin and Nome roads.
Alaska Department of Transportation Commissioner Ryan Anderson said on Thursday that 5 to 10 miles of Nome Council Road were “totally destroyed,” with another 5 to 10 miles “severely damaged,” the agency estimated. said it does. About 3 miles were “washed out” in Golovin, and Front Street was “totally destroyed” in Elim.
Anderson said all airports in the region are operational. Some of the Federal Aviation Administration’s weather systems have been damaged, and the Alaska Department of Transportation is working with his FAA to restore them, Anderson said.
According to the Alaska Department of Homeland Security, the state’s disaster program “provided communities with plywood, insulation, roofing tin, etc., even though the state is awaiting a federal response to its disaster declaration request. The focus is on ‘doing’. Brian Fisher, Director of Emergency Management.
“This is another program that will be coming soon to ensure that homes are buttoned up and residents have a safe and warm place to live before winter arrives,” Fisher said.
[Dunleavy requests federal disaster declaration for Western Alaska as reports of storm damage accumulate]
When a federal disaster is declared, FEMA typically covers 75% of the response costs. Dunleavy requested that he cover 100% of the costs. President Joe Biden has already approved similar demands for Puerto Rico’s rebuilding efforts.
Dunleavy said state agencies, with a four-week deadline, are working to address the urgent needs of the impending winter freeze. This includes airlifting thousands of pounds of food and water to replace lost or damaged supplies in some communities, repairing roads and bridges and clearing debris. , and put the house back on the foundation.
“It’s really about getting everything up and running and ready for the winter,” says Dunleavy.
Dunleavy also said he spoke by phone with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorcas on Thursday.
“I just said to him, ‘Look, the damage may not be as extensive as in Puerto Rico or other places where hurricanes hit, but the problem is our timeline, the problem is our It’s remoteness, and that’s what we’re short of. It’s an infrastructure issue,” said Dunleavy. “In his next four weeks, we need to be less bureaucratic when it comes to assistance and helping people get back on their feet.”
Some of the damaged or lost buildings were self-sufficient huts. Some have taken years to build and lack the insurance and documents normally used to obtain relief aid for reconstruction.
“We will be discussing with the federal government and others how it is part of the food collection system for people. I try to do that,” Dunleavy said.
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