Alakanuk roads set for repair
Alakanuk is set to receive $1 million in federal funds to repair roads in the village that were damaged by flooding in the spring, U.S. Senator Mark Begich announced Friday.
Flood waters and ice removed the top three inches of surface gravel from 32,805 feet of roads, creating a hazardous travel situation in the city. The water level overtopped all roads, and dislocated and destroyed culvert at Anderson and Fifth Street and saturated Landfill Road, making it impassable. Funding for the project includes 12 sites, three of which will include mitigation efforts totaling over $240,000.
In June, Sen. Begich wrote to the President and worked with the administration to ensure that Alaska received a major disaster declaration from FEMA so that such projects such as this could be funded and recovery could begin. The President declared a major disaster existed on June 25 and directed FEMA to work with the State of Alaska to provide funding to communities so repairs could begin before winter.
“These funds are welcome news to the people of Alakanuk, who were hit hard by springtime flooding that caused major damage all across Alaska,” said Begich. “As part of this repair project I have worked closely with FEMA to make sure they understand how important it is to rebuild stronger and better. As a result, additional funds are included to prevent this type of devastating destruction in the future.”
Sen. Begich chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia. The funding is being provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.