Western Alaska Residents Receive State Assistance For Storm Repairs

The Bering Sea in November brought a series of storms affecting coastal communities from the Aleutians to Northwest Alaska. Some YK Delta villages clocked winds of close to 100 miles an hour. Now, the State is reaching out to residents with grant money to help them pay for some of the damages.
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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.
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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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As recovery begins, Hooper Bay reckons with the emotional toll of the storm

“I’ve lived through storms before, but this was the worst,” said Loretta Smith, who lost her home in the storm. “The water came up so fast, and it was so high that the waves looked violent.”
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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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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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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.

Nome Experiences Minor Coastal Flooding Overnight

The worst of the high winds and snow have diminished in western Alaska but the storm isn't over. The National Weather Service is expecting storm surges to begin affecting communities this afternoon, which could cause flooding. Jerry Steiger is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Nome. He says the community had minor coastal flooding overnight, and some structures sustained wind damage.
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Weather service officials say worst of heavy Bering Sea winds have passed

After a massive storm brought storm surge and flooding across hundreds of miles of Western Alaska coastline, officials with the National Weather Service say they expect the worst of the wind has passed. 

As Northwest Alaska heavy winds die down, flooding likely to impact communities

The National Weather Service has a flood advisory for the Kotzebue area through tonight, with Nome and Utqiagvik’s going into tomorrow. Officials say damage to fish and hunting camps along the coast is expected, with erosion also a possibility.

Government Sending Crews to Survey Storm Damage

The State and Federal governments are dispatching crews to Western Alaska to survey damage from last week’s storm. They will first report to the Governor, who has the option to declare a disaster and activate the state’s disaster assistance programs.
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Historically powerful storm slams Western Alaska. Here’s what people experienced across hundreds of miles of coastline.

Forecasters have predicted it could be one of the worst storms to hit Western Alaska in recent history.

Continued Heavy Rain Results in Flooding

FLOOD WARNING in effect until 6:00 pm Thursday for Seward, Kenai Lake, 20 Mile near Portage, Kenai River at Cooper Landing. FLOOD ADVISORY in effect until 6:00 pm Thursday for Mat-Su Valley for the Little Susitna River FLOOD ADVISORY in effect until 10:00 am Friday for Anchorage including Campbell Creek, Chester Creek and Ship Creek.

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Flood Warning: Prince William Sound

The NWS Anchorage has issued a flood warning for Southeast Prince William Sound, including Cordova, Eyak River, Eyak Lake until 4:00 PM AKDT Thursday.
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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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Peltola, Murkowski, FEMA administrator tour Nome storm damage

They also spoke with KNOM in Nome about their reactions to the storm damage, their priorities for recovery and resources available to Alaskans.

As Storm Lashes West, Edgecumbe Students Call Home

The storm isn’t over, but the worst appears to have passed for many communities along Alaska’s west coast. A monster storm packing hurricane force winds and high seas came out of the Bering Sea this week, causing places from Unalakleet to Point Hope to brace for the worst.
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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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Alaska National Guard begins to mobilize in wake of Western Alaska storm

Guardsmen will help with debris removal and damage assessment from Western Alaska's historic storm, with more being sent to Hooper Bay, Nome and Bethel.
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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