The school year has yet to begin in the northwest Alaska village of Kivalina because August storms left the school and teacher housing without clean water.
School should have started two weeks ago, but storms fed a river that serves as the water source for the school and washeteria, bringing the water to its highest levels on record.
Torrents sank pipes that feed the local water plant and the river sediment thickened.
Schools superintendent Norman Eck canceled classes and hopes to see the school open by Oct. 1.
Meanwhile, emergency crews plan to begin repair work this week using replacement pipes provided by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.
- Authorities re-routed traffic on Egan drive for a half hour after a two-vehicle collision Saturday.
- A French ship docked in Unalaska is bound for Nome, where the crew will lay fiber optic cable.
- Columbia Ferry breaks down and strands tourists in Petersburg.
- Gov. Bill Walker has signed legislation he says will provide more timber for Alaska’s mills. But it probably won’t be that much of an increase.