Parnell Declares a State Disaster for Kodiak Island

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (R) has declared a state disaster for storm damage last month on Kodiak Island. The declaration means the state will fund eligible emergency-response costs. It also will pay for infrastructure repair projects, restoring them to pre-disaster conditions. The island received substantial rainfall beginning in early October. The rain caused floods, landslides and erosion that clogged culverts and washed out roads. The rains and flooding continued throughout much of October. Parnell also has directed state officials to take the first steps in a request for federal disaster assistance.

The Associated Press

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