ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – Government. Mike Dunleavy issued three separate disaster statements Friday for landslides in Lowell Point, spring floods and the collapse of the roof of the Galena Fire Department.
In a press release, Dunleavy said public and individual assistance will be available to residents.
“We have declared three disaster declarations that are now eligible for disaster recovery programs to ensure that the people of Alaska have adequate resources to combat the aftermath of this year’s floods, landslides and landslides,” he said. Dunleavy. “As always, I am impressed with the way the people of Alaska persevere in any situation – I am encouraged to see so many communities, tribal organizations and volunteer organizations approaching to help each other. Please request this disaster assistance that we have activated. ”
The landslide in Lowell Point occurred on May 7, blocking the only road south of Seward to the community of Lowell Point. The massive landslide was triggered while emergency crews were working to clear a smaller landslide on the road. The landslide is estimated to be 300 feet long and 300 feet wide, and Seward City official Brenda Ballou said Metco Alaska is working to clean up the debris.
An order was issued Friday, Friday, at approximately 3:00 p.m., to help loosen landslides. Kenai Peninsula Emergency Manager Brenda Ahlberg said a meeting will be held – and will be broadcast live – at 7pm tonight in Seward to alert residents to the plan. and how they can transport their vehicles from Lowell Point. Ahlberg said more than 50 vehicles were stranded in Lowell Point, on the other side of the landslide.
“The neighborhood supports their efforts,” Ahlberg said. “This coordination includes the ability to coordinate any resources that are required from the city to the state, and now we are on the ground, just to do some additional assessments.”
Kenai Peninsula Mayor Charlie Pierce issued a disaster statement on Friday to help direct resources to those affected by the landslide that buried Lowell Point Road last Saturday.
The slide also caught about 200 people on the south side of the road, as well as many vehicles. Chance Miller, co-owner of Miller’s Landing in Lowell Point, said the water taxi services provided by the boats and Miller’s Landing staff had transported about 1,000 people since last weekend.
As the rivers melt, ice jams have caused flooding in several communities in Alaska. Yesterday, the Alaska National Guard announced it was sending five soldiers to help Manley Hot Springs clean up the floodwaters. Floods in the community about 150 miles west of Fairbanks began on May 7 and subsided shortly after the ice block broke. However, about 45 residents out of 25 homes in Manley Hot Springs were displaced.
Dunleavy’s disaster statement includes residents of Sleetmute and Red Devil in the Kuspuk Regional Educational Aid Area, Glennallen residents and McGrath residents who also faced spring floods.
Also, along the Yukon River, heavy snow and ice caused the roof of the Galena Fire Department to collapse in February. 24.
“Funding for state public assistance will help restore Galena’s fire infrastructure before winter,” the statement said.
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