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Obama issues Kenai disaster declaration

Posted: February 3, 2012 - 9:38am

President Barack Obama issued Thursday a major disaster declaration for the Kenai Peninsula, triggering the release of federal funds to help the area recover from damage caused by severe wind storms that occurred in mid-November last year, according to a news release.

All of Alaska's federal legislators had previously endorsed Gov. Sean Parnell's recent disaster declaration for those windstorms that caused extensive damage and left an estimated 9,000 residents and businesses without power for up to 48 hours in areas caused by trees snapping and breaking power lines.

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kksalm 02/03/12 - 12:01 pm

I guess I missed it.

aksweetheart 02/03/12 - 08:34 pm
???That was nothing

Where was he when we actually had a disaster??? and 5000 people were out of power??

oldwolf49 02/03/12 - 09:28 pm
Gov missed it

Gov didn't apply until late Jan. Gotta get the whole story before making a comment unless you're a republican that is.

jlmh 02/04/12 - 12:26 am
Hard to miss

You missed that all the schools were closed, entire towns were out of power, traffic lights were not operating, grocery stores were dark and ready-to-eat meals were stripped from the shelves immediately, the fire stations hosted warm-up centers, the armory set up cots, and trees were jutting from the roofs of houses in various neighborhoods? I saw live arcing power lines just driving down the highway. The woods everywhere still look like something huge went trampling through, knocking over every other spruce. It was pretty fierce.

motely 02/05/12 - 08:54 pm
disaster yah right !!!

So really what this about is that hea put in some long hours and lost a few bucks, so complaining to the wonderful government we have for relief ( money ) how about giving the money to a community that really needed the relief (money) its always about the money either way we as a tax payers are still going to have to pay, hea hikes our rates constanly, and the p-- of s goverment makes us pay also whether we like it or not, going to the store on the 1st of every month is gut wrenching, having to watch the welfare folks and mind you a huge percentage of them are fully capable of employment spending 100s of dollars in prime rib, lobster ect.
great Government !! yah right !!!!

Jerry 02/09/12 - 08:45 pm
What amazes me is the shock &

What amazes me is the shock & surprize people get & have that EVERY NOVEMBER & DECEMBER a major wind storm comes through & does damage, yet they are not prepared for these everlasting power outages year after year.

I used to work those outages for 24-36 hrs straight at Hea for over 23yrs until they parted ways with me because i always complained about the lack of consumer caring from management, it has not changed.
Well guess what? These storms ALWAYS CAME IN NOVEMBER & DECEMBER, ALWAYS, it was what we lineman called our Christmas spending money every yrs end.

The thing was that when i worked we had the employees, thats lineman to do the work, and it still took many hrs to get-r-done, unlike now with the management, non-lineman, outnumbering those lineman that actually have to do the work & more consumers to service.

With the small number of lineman it of course is going to take longer, and even with Hea bringing in outside workers as they became available its gonna take quite awhile to get power back on.

I will say that the money paid to the Kenai will not help very many, if any.
Hea ALWAYS declares any loss from a storm as an act of God, & they are not responsible for what God does.
Thats why i didn't put in a claim for our TV that went out from all the power surges from the blowing fuses on all the lines as trees fell during our 22 hour outage in Soldotna city limits.

I had power thanks to our generator that some guy bought for the year 2000 & sold for next to nothing in 2005.
It does not take much to generate enough electric to run differant things in a home, like the water well, or heater, if one even has to run them at seperate times for survival, it can be done.

So who is eating the prime rib & lobster dinners?
The poor, the government or the Hea management or lineman?
If ya want some lobster go to Carrs this saturday, they will have them on sale for $5.00 each while supplies last, and even the poorest American can afford that, compared to 70% of the World that only makes $1.00 a day.

I agree that any money from Obama is gonna help no one, and only makes people dependant on Govt. for hand outs, like the OWS protests demanding free stuff for all.

My suggestion is to prepare for the next storm, or some other kind of disaster, like earthquake or WWIII, which has already started in the middle east judging the SIGNS.

Make no mistake storms or other disasters, and WWIII are coming & the question is will people ever learn to read the SIGNS, or just keep on doing the same old thing & suffer for it & blame others for their lack of preparedness & suffering?

Jerry 02/09/12 - 09:43 pm
I see the KPB is set to have

I see the KPB is set to have a mock Disaster this friday night, all to prepare folks for a possible loss of Natural gas & freezing cold, i assume.
This is a GR8 public service drill to help a few if an emergency does happen on the Kenai.
With the news, thats some news showing that there have already been over 400 people die from the bitter cold sweeping across Europe & Russia the last 11 days does make one realize that things happen & people need our help.

I would like to ask once again that the KPB rerun the 12 weeks to disaster information that was ran earlier this year, i assume it was by the KPB, and i appreciate their trying to wake people up to coming World wide troubles, troubles that will effect the Kenai, and all Alaska.

I would say that if the Kenai ever gets a Real emergency that its not the Govt. thats gonna help us, maybe local govt. will help a little, but i would say that we are pretty much alone up here, and if its gonna take 3 months to get some real help for the PEOPLE, many would be real bad off by then.
Take this supposed aid 3 months after the storm from the Govt., that was a fast responce & it will help exactly NO ONE, other than HEA.

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