Governor Parnell Declares State Disaster for Storm Ravaged Alaska Communities
State Increases Aid and Support Requested by Mat-Su and Kenai Peninsula Boroughs
September 21, 2012, Talkeetna, Alaska – After surveying the extent of flooding in the Mat-Su Valley by helicopter and landing to meet with evacuated residents of the Talkeetna area, Governor Sean Parnell made a verbal declaration of a state disaster for the Mat-Su and Kenai Peninsula Boroughs, as well as other impacted areas.
“While the full extent of the damage remains unknown, it is apparent that the high winds and severe flooding will leave communities in need of state assistance to recover,” said Governor Sean Parnell. “The emergency responders and managers in the local jurisdictions have done a tremendous job addressing the needs of Alaskans. While I had a chance to visit the Mat-Su region today, I recognize many Alaskans across the state have been impacted by the extreme weather.”
As the continuous operations of local jurisdictions extend into the weekend, an increase in state support will provide relief in terms of emergency management personnel and equipment as needed by communities. Currently, 10 incident management personnel have been requested through the State Emergency Operation Center to support ongoing operations in the Mat-Su area.
Kenai Peninsula Borough has requested water testing kits from the state to ensure public safety as they continue to support local efforts, such as in the City of Seward.
The State Emergency Operation Center will remain open throughout the weekend to support emergency response requests.