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Governor Parnell Surveys Flood Damage at Crooked Creek

May 22, 2011, Juneau, Alaska  - Governor Sean Parnell visited the flood-damaged community of Crooked Creek to meet with members of the community, survey damaged areas, and inspect the state’s response and recovery effort.

Accompanying the governor was the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Commissioner Maj. Gen. Thomas H. Katkus, and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director John Madden.

The governor met with Evelyn Thomas, president of the Crooked Creek Tribal Council, Representative Alan Dick, and residents throughout the community.

“It was humbling to visit the residents of Crooked Creek and walk through severely damaged homes with the owners,” Governor Parnell said. “I was pleased to see the teamwork from the Red Cross, the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, FEMA and others to assist these Alaskans in need. There is much to be done to get these communities ready for next winter.”

On May 17, Governor Parnell declared a Disaster Emergency for the communities of Crooked Creek and Red Devil. The governor has activated the state’s public and individual assistance programs, and requested a state/federal Preliminary Damage Assessment to determine if damages warrant a request for federal assistance.

Photos of the governor’s visit are available at:

http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell/multimedia/photo-album-press.html?album=275

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