North of Unalakleet, the village of Shaktoolik appears to have weathered the storm well. Shaktoolik Mayor Eugene Asicksik heads the emergency command center there. He says in the village things are returning to normal. The debris and slush on the beach actually helped protect dwellings. No injuries are reported and people have returned to their homes.
He says this storm did not reach previous storm heights, compared with 1974 and 2009. Asicksic weathered both those storms. A 1974 flood inundated old Shaktoolik, so the village was relocated to its present site.
Shaktoolik’s airport is dry and has received two flights today. Asicksik says he’s not sure what will happen this evening. A high tide is anticipated around 10pm.
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