Gov. Walker accepts FEMA aid for North Slope

Gov. Bill Walker announced Monday that he has accepted financial support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to address damage caused by an August storm in the North Slope Borough.

The announcement was made by email from the state office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The state sought federal aid after a storm in the last week of August washed out seven miles of North Slope Borough roads near Barrow and caused other damage in Wainwright.

A survey conducted by the state and FEMA found $4.6 million in damage to roads and infrastructure after the storm, and the two agencies will now share the cost of those repairs, with the state paying one-quarter and FEMA three-quarters.

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