Disaster Assistance Office to open

In-person registration Dec. 8 through 11

Following some delay to train staff, the state will open a Disaster Assistance Center for residents impacted by the Oct. 27 and 28 flooding on the Kenai Peninsula.

Through a media release, State of Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management spokesperson Jeremy Zidek announced the Central Peninsula assistance center location will be open from Sunday through Wednesday at 253 Wilson Lane in Soldotna. Hours are expected to be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to the release.

Online and telephone registration are expected to begin on Saturday, but the state has not yet release the contact details. The toll-free number and website will be posted on www.ready.alaska.gov on or before Friday, according to the release.

Previously, Zideck said the best and most accurate way to register for State Individual Assistance is in person at the assistance center.

“Before applying for IA online, through the hotline, or at a DAC, applicants should develop a description of damages and/or losses, gather ownership and insurance documents, and have personal identification ready,” Zideck wrote.

Individual assistance is open to households affected by the Kenai floods. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Emergency Management Office estimated that 120 homes suffered about $2.1 million in flood damages.

Most of the private property damage occurred in the Kalifornsky Beach area, where groundwater rose for months prior to the October rainstorm that is recognized as the flood. Only damage from the Oct. 27 and 28 surface water flood qualifies for state disaster aid.

Individual assistance tops out just above $15,000, though many in the affected area say they spent twice as much on repairs and mitigation.

Public property was damaged throughout the Peninsula from Anchor Point to Seward.

 

Reach Greg Skinner at greg.skinner@peninsulaclarion.com.

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