State Delegation Discussing Local Disaster Relief with White House
As many communities across south central Alaska continue to assess and rebuild damage to roads, railways, homes and communities up as a result of the September floods and windstorms, the state’s congressional delegation is explaining the wide range of impacts to the communities in the Kenai Peninsula, Mat-Su Borough, and rural Alaska to the White House.
Damages following the storm have been estimated to surpass $10 million worth of repairs/renovations.
Senators Murkowski and Begich, and Congressman Young sent a letter to President Barack Obama, signaling the severity of the storms, as well as the potential need for federal assistance, saying, Alaskans deeply appreciate the professionalism of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, its federal partners, the American Red Cross and our network of voluntary organizations involved in disaster recovery. And appreciate FEMA dispatching Preliminary Damage Assessment teams to Alaska to document the damages and estimate restoration costs.
Murkwoski, Begich, and Young said that “they appreciate the government’s attention to the severe storms that plagued Alaska this fall and ask that to make the full resources of the federal family available to Governor Parnell, consistent with applicable laws and regulations, to aid in the recovery, should the Governor request federal assistance.”