Salcha receives local disaster money

Posted: Monday, June 02, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) For the second year in a row, a Salcha subdivision has been declared a disaster area by the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

An ice jam began sending Tanana River flood water into the area April 29.

Borough Mayor Rhonda Boyles declared the disaster last week and the borough assembly appropriated $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 flooding.

''This is serious,'' Boyles said. ''With this second year in a row, we're all kind of saying, 'What is the long-term solution here?'''

The nearby Tanana River regularly creates new channels. High groundwater also contributes to flooding.

Tim Biggane, borough director of emergency services, said flooding caused 30 to 40 people to evacuate their homes.

The flooding caused $2 million worth of damage to homes and roads last year. No total damage estimates have been compiled this year.

Salcha is on the Richardson Highway 33 miles south of Fairbanks near the mouth of the Salcha River.

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