Parnell issues disaster declaration for Napaskiak

Gov. Sean Parnell has issued a state disaster declaration for the western Alaska village of Napaskiak for damages caused by an October storm that flooded parts of the community.

The state Division of Homeland Security says the declaration issued Monday makes state funds available for repairs and emergency protective measures.

Division officials say the October storm that moved into the Bering Sea brought heavy rain, severe winds and storm surges up to four feet above mean tide levels.

According to officials, several areas in Napaskiak were flooded – prompting the need for debris cleanup – and boardwalks and tribal facilities were damaged.

Napaskiak is a Yup’ik Eskimo village of about 430 people. It is located on the east bank of the Kuskokwim River, about 400 miles west of Anchorage.

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