Update: CBJ Emergency Programs manager weighs in on Governor's disaster declaration for Southeast

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy has issued a Disaster Declaration for the January 11 Southeast Alaska Storm.

    The areas included in the disaster declaration are the City and Borough of Yakutat, City and Borough of Juneau, Haines Borough, Municipality of Skagway Borough.

    CBJ Emergency Programs Manager Tom Mattice was asked during a News of the North interview how the declaration will help Juneau. He said if Juneau applies for the funding it will allow the local government to capture some overtime costs and potentially even some contractor costs that were extensive due to snow load damage and other things.

    The state’s Public Assistance disaster recovery program reimburses communities for certain emergency protective measures and helps fund critical infrastructure repair.

    State Disaster Public Assistance can fund the repair, restoration, reconstruction, or replacement of a public facility or infrastructure damaged or destroyed in a disaster.

    When we spoke to Mattice he wasn't aware of any specific damage in Juneau, but that was before the initial assessment on the extensive damage fund at Riverbend Elementary School was found by inspectors.

    It would seem that that damage would fall under terms of the Governor's declaration since it was storm-related.



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