Alaska Flooding and Ice Jams (DR-1843)

Incident period: April 28, 2009 to May 31, 2009
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 11, 2009

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

September 18, 2009
News Release
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Although the August 10th registration deadline for individuals in the Alaska Gateway Regional Educational Attendance Area (REAA), Yukon Flats REAA, Yukon-Koyukuk REAA, Lower Yukon REAA, Kuspuk REAA, and Yupiit REAA has passed, federal and state governments continue funding programs that help residents recover from the spring 2009 flooding and ice jams.
September 3, 2009
News Release
It's not every day that DC policymakers leave the realm of white papers, paté and Beltway buzz to travel to a place of ceremonial drumming, outhouses and mosquito buzz. But Beth Zimmerman, FEMA's new Assistant Administrator for the Disaster Assistance Directorate, recently did just that. On August 28th and 29th, Beth examined first-hand unique recovery challenges and solutions at DR-1843, the Alaska disaster in which spring floods and ice jams ravaged homes, personal property and public infrastructure in remote villages along the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers.
September 1, 2009
News Release
When a wall of water overwhelmed the Yukon River town of Stevens Village on May 8, residents fled for their lives. Neighbors drove boats through the village rescuing those who were trapped in their homes by the rising waters. Houses floated off their foundations or were battered by huge chunks of ice. Approximately 40 to 50 residents of this Alaska Native village were evacuated to Fairbanks. The Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS&EM) established an Immediate Housing Needs Hotline to help evacuees from Stevens Village find places to stay.
August 24, 2009
News Release
In early May residents of Tanana, a small Alaska Native village situated where the Yukon and Tanana Rivers meet, watched anxiously as reports of the destruction upriver reached them. When crushing ice and swollen floodwaters reached their village on May 12th, the force damaged homes, dislodged outhouses and fuel storage tanks, and destroyed personal property.
August 17, 2009
News Release
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Disaster officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management announced today that federal Individual Assistance funds committed for the 2009 spring floods/ice jam disaster recovery effort, along with disaster-related Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, have reached over $5.6 million.
August 11, 2009
News Release
When the Yukon River ice breakup happened this spring, it caused devastating flooding in the town of Eagle, Alaska, beginning May 4. A large ice jam developed about 10 miles downriver of Eagle, causing the high-flowing Yukon, fueled by snowmelt from high temperatures during the previous week, to flood the town. House-sized chunks of ice were carried over the town's riverbank retaining wall and smashed into stores and buildings.

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Alaska, FEMA-1843-DR (PDF 51KB)
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