The City of Whittier declares a State of Emergency following a July dock fire

Whittier dock explosion

ANCHORAGE, (KTUU) - The City of Whittier is declaring a State of Emergency following the dock fire back on July 7th.

In the declaration from the city manager, it says the aftermath of the fire is beyond the city's means and has caused "extreme peril to the wellbeing of persons and property within the City of Whittier."

In the declaration, it says money from the Whittier Small Boat Harbor reserves will be used to pay for the damage and will be reimbursed when insurance money comes through.

Right now, Commercial fishing operations are resuming with an alternate plan to deal with the backlog of fish after the DeLong dock was shut down.

Following the explosion and fire, the Coast Guard jumped into action, looking for two people who went missing.

Later that day, one was found while the search for a 49-year-old Cordova man was suspended.

The exact cause of the explosion hasn’t been released.

The declaration of emergency expires in seven days but can be reissued by the Whittier City Council.

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