State Emergency Operation Center disaster response update

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management released following Kuskokwim River response update last Tuesday, May 10th, 2022.

Kuskokwim – Crooked Creek, Red Devil and Sleetmute:

• Flood waters receded in Crooked Creek Red Devil, and Sleetmute. The NWS canceled all Flood Watches or Warnings for the Kuskokwim River. High water and moving river ice is reported, but additional ice-jam flooding is not anticipated.

• The Kuskokwim River Watch Team visited Sleetmute yesterday, met with tribal authorities, and supported an initial life-safety assessment of flood damage. They were also in direct contact with tribal authorities in Red Devil. Both communities have declared a local disaster emergency.

• Red Devil reports damages to their airstrip, roads and one home. Sleetmute reports flood inundation into at least five homes, with other homes having wet insulation, damaged vehicles, and flood damaged freezers. Sleetmute also reported damage to roads, the dump, the cemetery, and tribal equipment. Damage assessment in both communities is ongoing.

• The Kuskokwim River Watch team will demobilize tomorrow, but SEOC will continue with a deployed Kuskokwim division supervisor in Bethel to coordinate flood response with the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, Association of Village Council Presidents, and other responding agencies.

State Emergency Operations Center is staffed at Preparedness Level 3-responding to multiple disaster incidents throughout the state also including Manley Hot Springs, the Upper Yukon, Glennallen, and Lowell Point Road in Seward.