Gov Walker Issues Disaster State for North Slope Borough

    Juneau, AK (KINY) - Governor Walker announced that he will be using $1 million of Disaster Relief Funds to assist the North Slope Borough after an Arctic sea storm that happened on September 28-30.

    Walker addressed the storm relief efforts in a press release sent out on November 15th.

    “This storm caused major damage to roads, infrastructure, historical, and cultural sites along the Northern Arctic Coast, and also resulted in low-lying area flooding in the community of Utqiagvik,” Governor Walker said. “This declaration will make funds available to assist the North Slope Borough communities with recovery efforts, and support our neighbors as they work to rebuild their lives. I also intend to pursue federal disaster assistance to make sure that the Borough has the resources it needs to effectively recover from the storm.”

    While the Borough took emergency measures, much of the long term damage was beyond local capacity. Walker is also seeking federal assistance, which if granted would reimburse 75% of eligible recovery and relief costs.

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