Parnell seeks disaster aid authorization

Gov. Sean Parnell is asking Alaska House and Senate leaders for permission to spend additional funds to aid in storm recovery efforts.

Parnell earlier this month requested federal disaster assistance for the severe storms that struck south-central and Interior Alaska in September.

In a letter to state legislative leaders this week, he said he’s concerned about “probable delays” in receiving federal help – and said he sees a need to provide additional funding to help affected Alaskans now.

A governor can spend up to $1 million in a disaster area to provide emergency or recovery assistance but he or she needs legislative approval to spend more.

Parnell is asking for authority to spend up to $2.5 million for initial recovery and response.

Total damages are estimated at $27.9 million.



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