Things are getting back to normal for the roughly 500 people who live in the area, though the recovery will take a while. The neighboring village of Nanwalek is still under a boil-water notice.
After an unprecedented summer drought drained reservoirs and wells across Alaska, hundreds of people face immediate water shortages — and lingering questions about the future.
The Kenai Peninsula village declared a water emergency on Tuesday. But a tribal council member says if there’s no significant rainfall this week, they could be completely dry by the weekend.
Nanwalek School is nearing 150 percent capacity, but the Kenai Peninsula Borough School district has no plan to expand the facility. It’s so crowded that next year, the principal plans to move one class into a re-purposed garage.