Governor Declares Disaster Declaration, Sends Nat’l Guard to SE AK

Governor Dunleavy has issued a Disaster Declaration for the January 11 Southeast Alaska Storm.
The storm system deposited up to six feet of snow in the disaster area. This was followed by warmer temperatures and rain which created treacherous road conditions, interrupted power distribution, and compromised and damaged structures.

To assist with the emergency snow and ice clearance operations, 20 Alaska National Guard Soldiers and Airmen departed JBER on Wednesday for the Southeast Alaska community of Yakutat.
Guard members serving on Joint Task Force-Yakutat will perform building safety assessments and emergency snow removal for Tribal, public and government facilities in the community. Following the hazardous winter weather and heavy snowfall, there is significant building damage and continued risk of unsafe conditions.

The City and Borough of Yakutat is isolated and off the road system, and all local available resources had been exhausted. The disaster declaration and request for support prompted the State Emergency Operations Center to request Alaska National Guard assistance with snow removal.