With intense storms expected to increase, experts want more data to support flood forecasts and infrastructure investments that keep communities out of harm’s way.
Although debris can be cleared and homes rebuilt, for many, a sense of security has been shattered.
That makes federal funding available to Alaskans impacted by the storm.
Ryan Bukowski is responsible for feeding at least nine family members. Now he’s not sure if any of the food they hunted, caught and gathered is safe to eat.
The storm could have threatened the town’s winter subsistence stock if not for the work of local power plant operators.
Nome’s landscape is physically altered, with raw material scattered wildly, the coastline reconfigured, and camps that anchored generations of subsistence either flattened or gone.
Shaktoolik Council member Agnes Takak says that without the protective berm, “our lives are at stake.”
She wants people in the nation’s capital to know of all the vehicles damaged in the storm and how important they are to a family’s food security.
Tropical Storm Merbok initially formed farther to the east of Japan than one would expect and picked up energy from water that was much warmer than it used to be.
After the flood waters, some were left with feet of sand in their homes.