Governor Dunleavy declares disaster for flood impacted Buckland

    Flooding in the City of Buckland. (Photo Credit: National Weather Service Fairbanks)

    Buckland, Alaska (KINY) - A disaster has been declared for the Northwest Alaska City of Buckland and Native Village of Buckland after an ice jam on the Buckland River caused severe flooding in the city.

    The declaration by Governor Mike Dunleavy activates the state’s Individual and Public Assistance disaster recovery programs.

    Buckland and the Northwest Arctic Borough had already declared disasters due to flooding that began May 12th.

    The flooding brought more than five feet of water and river ice, which inundated homes and forced evacuations.

    A boil water notice is in effect because of impacts to the water treatment plant.

    Director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Bryan Fisher, said the community had a Small Community Emergency Response Plan and had enacted it immediately.

    Fisher applauded the coordination between the city, borough, and state, calling the coordination "seamless."

    He added by saying "The leadership and residents of Buckland should be commended for their preparedness, quick actions, and resilience."

    Currently, the water level has dropped in the community.

    Responders are beginning a more thorough damage assessment which will inform Homeland Security and Emergency Management to determine a path for recovery.


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