Talk of Alaska: The aftermath of the massive Bering Sea storm

A person on a four-wheeler
Parts of Bethel near the Kuskokwim River and Brown’s Slough experienced moderate flooding in the aftermath of the historic storm that hit Alaska’s Western coast on Friday evening. (MaryCait Dolan/KYUK)

Alaskans in communities along hundreds of miles of coastline from the YK Delta to Point Hope are grappling with the aftermath of a historic storm that flooded towns, floated homes off foundations and sank boats. The good news is there have been no reports of injury or death, but the recovery will be difficult and winter is approaching. How are communities coping and what are state and federal leaders doing to help? We’ll discuss it on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Bryan Fisher – Director-State of Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Rick Thoman-UAF Alaska Climate Specialist
  • Don Moore – Director of the National Weather Service Alaska’s Environmental Science and Services Integration Center
  • Brittany Taraba – Assistant principal, Lower Yukon School District
  • Edgar Tall Jr. – Hooper Bay Tribal Chief
  • Walter Nelson – Napakiak City Council


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Sep. 20, 2022 at 10 a.m. on Alaska public radio stations statewide.

Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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