Coastal Alaska Native villages hit by big storm

Alaska Native villages are attempting to recover after a powerful storm hit the western coast last week and caused major damage.

The storm eroded beachfront land, flooded homes, washed out roads, overwhelmed a sewer system and caused some loss of power, The Anchorage Daily News reported. Some 34 communities were affected.

In Newtok, 5 to 10 feet of the beachfront disappeared. The storm carried away a 1,000-gallon fuel tank along with other items and equipment.

The state and the villages plan to declare the area a disaster

Get the Story:
Storm-lashed towns pick up pieces (The Anchorage Daily News 9/28)

GAO Report:
Alaska Native Villages: Most Are Affected by Flooding and Erosion, but Few Qualify for Federal Assistance. GAO-04-142 | Highlights

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