North Slope community damaged by storm

    North Slope, Alaska (KINY) Damage upwards of $10 million were reported in the North Slope Borough after a recent storm sent winds of over 45 miles per hour into a native village.

    The nation's northernmost town saw damage to a 3,700 feet section of a beach road that is an important access point for whalers.  The storm in Utqiagvik, lasted several days and eroded protective berms, damaged 22 lots, seven of them historic properties, and damaged infrastructure.

    Despite the price tag, Borough Officials said they do not plan to seek a federal disaster declaration.  Two lagoons below the town's freshwater lake were also flooded but culverts were plugged to prevent saltwater from reaching the fresh water lake.  While private property was also damaged, there were no injuries reported.

     

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