Water plant in western Alaska village destroyed by fire

    BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A fire in an Alaska village has destroyed a plant that served as the community’s only source of clean, running water and that has left residents waiting for a delivery of water by plane.

    KYUK-AM reported that Alaska State Troopers say the fire at the water plant in Tuluksak burned from about noon until 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

    Residents of the Native Alaska village northeast of Bethel hauled water from the Tuluksak River with snowmachines while attempting to douse the flames that eventually destroyed the plant.

    Cases of donated bottled water were delayed in Bethel because of airport runway closures and thin river ice.

     

     

    More from Sitka Radio Center

    Events

    • Insurance Marketplace

      The Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace is open for enrollment for 2021 health coverage through Saturday, May 15. Sign up is at healthcare.gov. The SEARHC Patient Health Benefits team is available to assist with enrollment free of charge. Contact the team at outreach@searhc.org or call 966-8684.

      at None
    • Park is OPEN

      National Historical Park's Visitor Center is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays for the rest of the winter. The trails are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Park film, Voices of Sitka, is shown at 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and Jr. Ranger books and badges are available. Visitors are to maintain social distance and wear a mask when that isn’t possible while in the facility.

      at None
    • Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival

      The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour offers two 2-hour virtual programs through October with proceeds benefiting Hames Center. Programs are $15 for a 3-day viewing period each or both programs for $28 for a 14-day viewing period. Gift options are available at checkout. Go to hamescenter.org for more information and to rent films.

      at None