State to Run Disaster Assistance Center in Savoonga

Associated Press

The state will run a disaster assistance center in Savoonga to help residents whose homes were damaged after a storm caused prolonged power outages.

The center will operate at the village city hall next week.

Jeremy Zidek with the Alaska Division of Homeland Security says state assistance specialists will help.

In late December through early January, a severe winter storm brought high winds and cold temperatures to the community. Salt water froze on electrical transmission lines, causing power outages, which led to frozen and broken water pipes.

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