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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.
August 10, 2009
News Release
Mission Road, a gravel road between the town of Eagle and the Alaska Native settlement of Eagle Village, has been restored by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF). A 4,500-feet section of the road was destroyed by a massive ice jam on May 5, isolating the two communities, which are ten miles apart (Figure 1). On May 14, DOT&PF installed a detour and began working to repair the road. To prepare the detour, DOT&PF cleared the route of brush and placed tundra road mats over the surface to stabilize it (Figure 2).
August 10, 2009
News Release
Among the many problems caused when the Yukon River flooded the town of Eagle this spring was the damage done to structures that have been built over the years for subsisting on the land. Most residents of this remote Alaska village depend on what they grow and on what they catch in the river for their food. Cash is in short supply and is used for things they can only purchase, like building supplies or gas for snowmobiles.
August 3, 2009
News Release
The residents of Eagle, Alaska, are slowly getting their lives back to normal after having them turned upside down during the spring 2009 flooding and ice jams, which began May 4. Saturday night, July 25, they had a hoe down and dance to take their minds off the ways in which life in Eagle will never be the same again and to celebrate the re-building of this special community on the Yukon River (Figure 1).
August 1, 2009
News Release
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Since President Obama declared the spring flooding and ice jams a federal disaster on June 11, 2009, federal agencies have committed over $4.7 million in disaster-related individual assistance and loans to residents of the Yukon River and Kuskokwim River communities.

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