Governor Dunleavy declares disaster in Buckland flooding

Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 5:47 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The flooding has largely abated in the community of Buckland, Alaska, but the process of recovery is just beginning.

On Monday, May 17th, Governor Mike Dunleavy made an official disaster declaration for the area.

This will open up opportunities for Buckland to receive assistance for rebuilding roads, bridges, and public buildings.

Individuals in the community can also apply for assistance to repair homes and personal transportation.

According to Jeremy Zidek, Public Information Officer with the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the response to the crisis went smoothly, and recovery is beginning at a quick pace.

“The community of Buckland, who is no stranger to flooding, took a lot of proactive measures prior to the flooding occuring. They knew... they saw that the water could come up - and even prior to that, a month before the potential for flooding wasn’t yet present, they took steps to prepare,” Zidek said.

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is next expected to conduct a preliminary damage assessment in the area.

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