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Governor Parnell Grants Emergency Funds to City of Pelican


September 30, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today signed Administrative Order 251, granting the City of Pelican access to disaster relief funds.

Severe rainfall in August collapsed the city's water flume. Pelican was without drinking water for several days until a temporary bypass line and gasoline-powered pump restored the water-supply system.

"The failure of this simple flume created a number of complex threats requiring immediate emergency measures," Governor Parnell said. "The quick response and teamwork from local and state agencies averted those threats."

Administrative Order 251 will allow for distribution of state relief funds up to $100,000. The funds will cover emergency response efforts and temporary and permanent repairs to the Pelican water supply system.

At the time of the flood damage, Alaska Energy Authority was working to upgrade the city's hydroelectric plant. The Department of Environmental Conservation was also working to build a new water treatment plant and water storage tanks. Both agencies authorized their joint contractor to assist the city with initial emergency measures.

The administrative order also directs state agencies to work with the city to develop long-term solutions to potential health threats at the city's abandoned seafood processing plant.

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