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Biden approves federal disaster declaration for Western Alaska storm

President Biden's approval of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's request comes just two days after it was made.
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Chevak rallies to repair storm-damaged subsistence gear

During a community meeting, Chevak residents said better emergency planning should be a long-term priority. For now, though, assessing damage is the focus.
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Kivalina neighbors banded together to save a house from falling into the sea amid last week’s storm

Kivalina has long dealt with climate change-driven erosion. While the village didn’t feel the effects of heavy flooding, residents are wary of a future with heavy autumn storms.
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Hooper Bay families displaced by storm seek sustainable housing

A Hooper Bay leader says federal temporary housing provided after a fire years ago was inadequate and "not meant for the Arctic."
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‘It’s just devastating’: Chevak stunned by subsistence food losses after storm

Chevak residents have lost not only the food they’ve already gathered after freezers lost power, but also the boats and subsistence gear to replace it.
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Dunleavy visits Norton Sound to assess storm damage

After spending time in Golovin, Elim and Koyuk, Gov. Mike Dunleavy said there's no substitute for being on the ground and seeing the storm impacts with his own eyes.
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National Guard troops land in Bethel to join storm relief effort

About 75 Guardsmen landed in Bethel on Wednesday, with more than 100 people deployed to Bethel and Nome to help with storm relief.
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As the storm raged, a mad rush to keep the power on in Hooper Bay

Parts of Hooper Bay were without power for about 36 hours during the storm, but the situation could have been far worse — if not for the work of two local power plant operators.
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Chevak subsistence gear ‘strewn all over the place’ by storm

Reporter Emily Schwing discusses Chevak's response to damaged boats and water contamination from last weekend's storm.
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Drinking water a top concern for local leaders after Western Alaska storm

After last weekend's storm, Chevak lost power for nearly three days. At the water plant, pressure in a pump fell below a state-required threshold, triggering a boil-water notice.
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Chevak leaders declare local emergency after storm losses

The Chevak Native Village and the City of Chevak declared a state of emergency in response to the storm during a joint meeting Tuesday night.
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Nome assesses infrastructure damage, looks east towards Cape of Nome and summer camps

While Nome’s downtown area is in good shape after weekend storm flooding, the dock area around Cape Nome and the surrounding landscape are completely changed.
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‘Stebbins is resilient’: Eastern Norton Sound communities recovering from storm damage

Several communities in the Norton Sound region are struggling with contaminated drinking water days after the significant September storm hit the region.
branches piled up on the beach to prevent further damage from flooding.

‘Our lives are at stake’: Shaktoolik residents seek aid to rebuild berm lost in storm

People in Shaktoolik are back in their homes after many evacuated to the school when the remnants of Typhoon Merbok hit Western Alaska over...
water from flooding in Kotzebue

Kotzebue Sound mostly spared from storm damage

Some flooding was reported in Kotzebue and surrounding villages, but nothing close to the damage seen further south.
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Disaster response presents an early test for Alaska’s Rep. Peltola

Mary Peltola says she's approaching her new House colleagues about how to fund disaster relief for Western Alaska
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Alaska can expect more big storms like September’s ex-typhoon, as ocean continues to warm

The storm that slammed into western Alaska over the weekend was the result of several factors all converging to make it so destructive, including an ocean warmed by climate change.
a burned restaurant in Nome

Nome restaurant burns, nearby inn saved during Alaska storm

Nome's Bering Sea Bar and Grill is gone after a fire started in the building on the evening of Sept. 17, as Nome was being buffeted by a powerful fall storm.
Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy at a podium.

Dunleavy to seek federal disaster declaration for Western Alaska storm

Alaska National Guard Maj. Gen. Torrence Saxe says the state will ask for public and private assistance, covering both infrastructure and individual homes.
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In Golovin, Alaskans shovel sand out of their homes after historic storm

Golovin residents are in clean-up mode as their community works to restore power, phone service and clear debris. As the floodwaters recede from the...