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Governor’s Request for Federal Disaster Declaration Approved

December 18, 2009, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell Dec. 18 received President Barack Obama's Federal Disaster Declaration for the Kodiak storm that damaged critical infrastructure within the Kodiak Island Borough.

"With the federal government's prompt response to the state's request for federal assistance, we can now aid Kodiak with an extensive response, including federal resources," Governor Parnell said.

Beginning in early October, the Kodiak Island Borough was hit with substantial rainfall, causing floods, landslides and erosion that clogged culverts and washed out roads. Heavy rains and flooding continued through the month.

The president signed the federal disaster declaration today, making the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) recovery assistance program available to the borough. The State of Alaska and FEMA are discussing Joint Field Office (JFO) options that could expedite assistance.

"FEMA and the State of Alaska will help state, local and tribal governmental entities, as well as certain private non-profit organizations, to restore or replace infrastructure and will reimburse them for debris removal and emergency protective measures," said David Andrews, coordinating officer with the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Contact: Jeremy Zidek (907) 428-7077

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