Borough declares flooded Salcha disaster area

Posted: Sunday, May 04, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) For the second consecutive year, the Fairbanks North Star Borough has declared a Salcha subdivision a disaster area after Tanana River floodwaters forced some people from their homes.

Borough Mayor Rhonda Boyles made the assessment earlier this week and the Borough Assembly unanimously supported the decision Thursday. The action paves the way for the area to receive $50,000 for emergency response efforts.

Boyles said she is asking state and federal lawmakers to help the borough come up with a long-term solution to the flooding.

Flooding has become a regular problem for the neighborhood because of its proximity to the Tanana River, which tends to create new channels. A high ground water level also contributes to the problem.

The most recent flooding began Tuesday. Tim Biggane, director of emergency services for the borough, said as many as 40 people had to evacuated their homes.

Last year's flooding caused $2 million in damages to homes and roads. No damage estimates for this year's flooding are yet available.

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