Galena Flood Victims Struggle with Red Tape

Much progress has been made since spring flooding devastated the interior community of Galena in May, but some residents have struggled with a tangle of assistance programs.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- Much progress has been made since spring flooding devastated the interior community of Galena in May, but some residents have struggled with a tangle of assistance programs.


More than 50 homes have been repaired or rebuilt. But many others remain unfixed in the community of 500 about 270 miles west of Fairbanks.


Jen Hildebrand's new replacement house is under construction after being designed by the Fairbanks-based Cold Climate Housing Research Center.


Her neighbor, Freida Beasley, had a more frustrating summer battling with her insurance company and government agencies. Beasley says income and flood insurance disqualified her and her husband from getting a government payout.


Karl Edwards with the state's recovery efforts says some people have fallen through the cracks but adds that others have experienced success.