20 May Disaster Declared After Alaskan Village Inundated by Floodwater
May 18, 2021
Office of Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy (Governor Dunleavy Declares Disaster for Flooding in Buckland)
Approximate areas reportedly sustaining structural damage:
– Buckland (Northwest Artic Borough, 99727)
NOTE: This has NOT yet been declared a FEMA Major Disaster.
(CNN) — Residents of an Alaskan village were forced to evacuate after it was inundated last week by more than five feet of floodwater caused by an ice jam.
On Monday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy declared a disaster in the city of Buckland, a news release from his office said.
“I have directed all state agencies to provide assistance in the most expeditious manner possible,” Dunleavy said in the release. “The flooding caused significant damage to homes, roads and utility infrastructure so a declaration is warranted to get the community back on its feet as soon as possible.”
The disaster declaration has activated Alaska’s Individual and Public Assistance programs from disaster recovery, the release said.
Buckland had a population of around 500 people in 2018, according to the Northwest Arctic Borough. It is about 160 miles northeast of Nome and 475 miles northwest of Anchorage.
According to the release, flooding began on May 12 after an ice jam on the Buckland River.
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