Gov. requests federal disaster declaration

Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin is requesting a federal disaster declaration because of the flooding of the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers this spring.

Palin sent a letter to the federal government officially requesting the disaster declaration.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency sent preliminary damage assessment teams into the area last week to get a firsthand look at the flooding damage. The teams are working their way down the rivers, village by village.

Palin says hundreds of Alaskans have been displaced and many have lost their homes.

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