Governor issues disaster declaration for southeast communities

    Snow plow clearing the Douglas Bridge (KINY/Klas Stolpe)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Following the storm systems over the weekend, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy has issued a Disaster Declaration for the January 11, 2022 Southeast Alaska Storm, activating emergency response options and the state’s Public Assistance disaster recovery program

    The areas included in the disaster declaration are the City and Borough of Yakutat, City and Borough of Juneau, Haines Borough, Municipality of Skagway Borough.

    A release by the Governor's office says that between January 8th and 11th, a storm system deposited up to six feet of snow in the disaster area.

    This was followed by warmer temperatures and rain which, when combined, created treacherous road conditions, interrupted power distribution, and compromised or damaged structures in Yakutat and Juneau, with the potential for additional damages in other communities.

    For the declared disaster area, the state’s Public Assistance disaster recovery program reimburses communities for certain emergency protective measures and helps fund critical infrastructure repair.

    State Disaster Public Assistance can fund the repair, restoration, reconstruction, or replacement of a public facility or infrastructure damaged or destroyed in a disaster.

    Eligible applicants include state and local governments, political subdivision of the state, federally recognized tribal organizations, and eligible private nonprofit organizations.

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