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 declaration would make federal funding and support available for recovery efforts.
Widespread flooding has many sheltering in schools in Western Alaska communities. Chevak reportedly has lost most of its fishing fleet, and Newtok’s riverbank eroded 10-20 feet overnight.
Operation Santa recipient communities are identified by the state as communities that have experienced particular hardship that year.
The Dunleavy administration is dedicating money to helping Chevak clean up the debris of its old school, which burned down in a fire this spring.
Chevak Vice Mayor Ulrich Ulroan said that there were strong crosswinds at the time of takeoff.
Recent storms have battered the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta coast and dumped many feet of snow in various places. Some are saying this is more snow than they’ve seen in decades.
A third of the community is without water and sewer following the fire.
No one was injured, but the building was a total loss.