Parnell Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration

Gov. Sean Parnell is seeking a federal disaster declaration following spring flooding on the Yukon River and tributaries

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell is seeking a federal disaster declaration following spring flooding on the Yukon River and tributaries.
   
Parnell says in a release that the disaster has left 194 homes uninhabitable. He's seeking a federal designation for the Alaska Gateway, Yukon-Flats, Yukon Koyukuk, Lower Yukon and Copper River Regional educational attendance areas.
   
Officials from the state, the federal Emergency Management Agency, Small Business Administration and Red Cross were sent to several communities last week to conduct damage assessments. Those were conducted in Circle, Fort Yukon, Galena, Hughes, Eagles, Alakanuk, Emmonak and Gulkana.
   
Damage in these areas to public infrastructure and more than 225 homes was estimated at more than $10 million.
   
Parnell declared a state disaster on May 31, which activated state recovery programs.