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

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.
July 16, 2009
News Release
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Five weeks after a federal disaster declaration for the recent spring floods and ice jams, $2,695,384 in federal recovery assistance has been directed to individuals in the Regional Educational Attendance Areas of Alaska Gateway, Kuspuk, Lower Yukon, Yukon Flats, Yukon-Koyukuk and Yupiit.   Registration, inspection and needs assessment sweeps have been completed in all declared areas; and to date, 596 individuals in 14 communities have registered for federal assistance.  Funds directed through FEMA to individuals include: 
July 9, 2009
News Release
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- More than $2 million in federal assistance has been disbursed to Alaskan residents to help them recover from the 2009 spring floods and ice jams announced officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (DHS&EM). On June 11, 2009, the President declared a disaster declaration for the State of Alaska to address damages from the spring flooding and ice jams in designated areas.

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Alaska, FEMA-1843-DR (PDF 51KB)
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