Federal disaster declaration made for September storms, flooding

ANCHORAGE (AP) — President Barack Obama has issued a disaster declaration for large parts of Alaska affected by storms, winds, flooding and landslides during the last half of September.

The White House in a release Tuesday announced the declaration, which allows federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts.

Officials say federal funding is available to the state, local governments and some nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of damaged facilities.

The declaration covers the Alaska Gateway (Tok) and Chugach rural education attendance areas, and the Denali, Kenai Peninsula and Matanuska-Susitna boroughs.

Kenneth Suiso has been appointed the federal coordinating officer.

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