BETHEL, Alaska (KINY) Planes have begun to land again after problems with the runway at Tunanak's airport.
The Alaska Department of Transportation said that crews were sent to the airport last week after the runway was buckled and damaged by shifting permafrost in the area. Crews were sent in to level the runway as a temporary fix to allow planes carrying needed supplies to land. Another delivery of supplies is expected next week.
The airport is less than a year old and cost $19 million to construct. No planes were able to land at the airport for three weeks. Many residents had to use all-terrain vehicles to cross the tundra to pick up their mail and get groceries.
Authorities are not sure if the problem will reoccur next spring.