The City of Galena and the Louden Tribal Council say they’re concerned the town’s airport won’t be protected if there’s another severe flood.
The Army Corps of Engineers has determined the dike that surrounds the airport was damaged, during a flood in 2013 that also damaged nearly every home in the community.
Louden Tribal Council Administrator March Runner says money needs to be allocated to bring the town's dike up to standards.
“They know that it has been compromised and it needs some work done," Runner said. "If we have another flood like that, there's speculation -- I can't say it will fail, but speculation is it will be compromised.”
The State of Alaska owns the dike. The Alaska Department of Transportation is conducting its own assessment of the damage and is working on a repair plan for the summer.