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Federal Disaster Declared for Galena


June 25, 2013, Anchorage, Alaska – Less than two weeks after requesting a federal disaster declaration for the 2013 spring floods along the Yukon River, Governor Sean Parnell today announced that President Barack Obama has granted the request.

The governor’s request for federal assistance included Galena and other flood impacted communities in the Alaska Gateway, Yukon-Flats, Yukon Koyukuk, Lower Yukon and Copper River Regional Educational Attendance Areas (REAA). Federal Public and Individual Assistance was approved for all of the requested areas, except Individual Assistance for the Copper River REAA.

“We will continue to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, along with local and tribal entities to rebuild these communities,” Governor Parnell said. “The federal disaster declaration will allow the state to access federal funding and provide a greater amount of financial, technical, and material assistance to the Alaskans affected by this catastrophic incident.”

The Public Assistance Program is designed to help state, local and tribal governmental entities, as well as certain private non-profit organizations, restore infrastructure damaged by a specific event to pre-disaster conditions. Funding will be available for emergency protective measures, temporary and permanent repairs to infrastructure, and technical and funding assistance needed to repair or replace damaged facilities.

The Individual Assistance (IA) Program is designed to provide financial assistance to individuals or families for damages or expenses to their primary residence, primary mode of transportation, essential personal property or medical/funeral/dental needs, created as a direct result of a declared disaster, and for which other assistance is either unavailable or inadequate. Housing assistance is available under the IA program.

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