BETHEL, Alaska — Two coastal communities south of Bethel plan to apply for government aid to repair damages caused by a high-speed wind storm.
Platinum and Quinhagak were in the process of reviewing damages before sending in aid applications, KYUK-AM reported Thursday.
Quinhagak City Administrator Annie Roach said residents have been streaming into the city office. Both the Red Cross and the state reached out to Quinhagak seeking information on damages.
“We started the list because we needed to know how many people got damages, and estimates on how much it will cost to replace them or fix them,” Roach said.
Damages include smokehouses, sheds, fish racks, porches, boats and more. But the most pressing issue is roofing.
Tin sheeting covers most houses and the village store quickly sold out days after the storm. Store Manager Warren Jones said only rolled roofing remains and that people are using a mixture of the rolls and tarps as a temporary fix.
“So I’m just waiting on people to call me if they need tin and stuff so we can place an order through air freight,” Jones said.
The storm also blew away the river ice, which removed access to hunting, fishing and trapping grounds.
Information from: KYUK-AM, http://www.kyuk.org