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This winter the northeast Alaska experienced heavier than usual snow and ice accumulations. When temperatures jumped 30 to 40 degrees in a short period of time, a massive spring melt was created. In Eagle and other areas along a 3,000 mile stretch of the Yukon River, water with six feet thick ice chunks crushed cars, trees and moved houses up to a half mile off their foundations.
Eagle is a remote Native American community with residents who primarily survive by subsistence living. Flooding and ice destroyed many homes.
Stevens Village is located on the north bank of the Yukon River, 17 miles upstream of the Dalton Highway bridge crossing and 90 air miles northwest of Fairbanks. Homes in Stevens Village were damaged from flood waters.
Akiak is located on the Kuskokwim River, 300 miles west of Anchorage. Ice jams and snow melt combined to flood the village.
In Eagle, FEMA has asked MDS to help construct log homes between July 13 and Sept. 12, 2009. These homes are very basic log home kits produced in Alaska and shipped to Eagle.
In Stevens Village MDS will help repair 11 homes during the three week time period. Gutting and drying out has already been accomplished for the most part. The biggest need is insulating and floor repair, although new floor joists may also be required.
In Akiak MDS will rebuild one log home and repair two others. Volunteers will be in Akiak for a few weeks.
It has been cold and damp the last few days. We have not seen the sun much this week. Caribou season began on Sunday, so there has been a lot of hunting by the community. Everyone is working hard and we have made...
Mennonite Disaster Service
Eagle, Alaska 99738
Project Start Date: July 13, 2009
Volunteer Status: Project is full
Eagle Volunteers: 77
Eagle Jobs Started: 27
Eagle Jobs Completed: 27
Eagle Project is Closed.
Project End Date: September 12, 2009
Stevens Volunteers: 15
Stevens Jobs Started: 11
Stevens Jobs Complete: 11
Stevens project closed.
Akiak Volunteers: 10
Akiak Jobs Started: 3
Akiak Jobs Complete: 3
Akiak Project Closed.
Volunteer Information: Please download and read the files listed below if you are planning and preparing to volunteer.