Anchorage mayor declares windstorm disaster

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The mayor of Anchorage has declared a disaster emergency in the city from a wind storm that whipped up millions of dollars in damage to private, public and commercial buildings earlier this month.

The official declaration by Mayor George Wuerch asks Gov. Frank Murkowski to make a similar finding so the state can offer help to people and businesses whose losses are not fully covered by insurance and to seek help from the federal government.

A complete and accurate account of the damage from the winds that blew across the city on March 11 to 13 is essential, said Harry Kieling, municipal manager. He said it's still uncertain at this point if Anchorage will qualify for assistance.

A figure of $3.7 million is an initial estimate that is ''going up by the hour,'' said Tracy Matthews, the city's director of emergency management.

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