Residents of Hooper Bay and the surrounding areas of Alaska are still dealing with the effects of one of the most severe storms that the region has ever experienced. According to reports, it was caused by Typhoon Merbok on the weekend. USA Today.
Authorities are currently assessing the damage to determine the need of items such as food and water.
“Today, the Red Cross designated the storm event in Western Alaska a Level 4 disaster, which allows the Red Cross to fundraise directly for the recovery effort,” Gov. Mike Dunleavy wrote Twitter.
“About 50 Red Cross team members from all over the country are now on the ground deploying to the affected areas.”
Dunleavy has issued a disaster declaration and said authorities are moving quickly to provide relief for those affected.
“From Scammon Bay to Hooper Bay, neighbors helping neighbors, and response teams working with all to repair, rebuild and prepare for the approaching winter,” Dunleavy tweeted. “We will continue to monitor the storm and update Alaskans as much as possible.”
Residents are facing significant damage to their homes, roads, or other structures. They also experience power outages.
No one has been reported to have been injured or killed so far.
There are approximately 21,000 residents in this small western community. The storm impacted the entire 1000-mile coastline.
Hooper Bay is not the only one that was hit. Other communities included in the attack are Golovin (Nome), Shaktoolik and Unalakleet.
More damage is being discovered as the floodwaters recede.