The White House says President Obama has declared a disaster in Alaska for damage in November from storms, wind and flooding.
The major disaster declaration is in effect for damage Nov. 5 to Nov. 14.
“The declaration from the president is for public assistance, damage to infrastructure, roads, bridges or utilities,” said Jeremy Zidek, a spokesperson for the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
Zidek said preliminary damage form the November storms identified $11.6 million in damages.
“We’ve identified that there’s enough damage to public infrastructure that we can seek federal funds,” Zidek said. “The state will incur 25 percent of the cost to repair the damaged infrastructure to pre-disaster conditions. FEMA will pick up other 75 percent.”
Zidek said all the true cost of the damage could raise, as some infrastructure that needs repairing “may be covered in ice that was pushed ashore by the storm” or covered in snow.
Funding will be available to the state and eligible local government and some private nonprofit agencies.
Personal costs are covered under the state’s own disaster relief efforts.
“Our state individual assistance program will be helping people repair their homes, recover damages to their real estate and personal property,” Zidek said. The state assistance also helps those affected with medical bills.
The funding will be available on a cost-sharing basis in the Fairbanks North Star Borough and the Bering Strait, Lower Kuskokwim and Lower Yukon regional education attendance areas.
Federal funding also is available to mitigate hazards.
Dolph A. Diemont will be federal coordinating officer for the recovery operations.