Some places in Alaska could use a little of that global warming right now.
The western Alaska community of Manokotak is under a declared state of emergency after a winter storm earlier this month cut the power.
The town of about 450 finally declared the emergency on Dec 21, and has asked the State of Alaska for assistance as more cold weather bears down on the region this weekend, where it is 14 degrees and blizzard conditions. Manokotak is about 25 miles from Dillingham.
About 300 people are affected by the power outage and burst water pipes that ensued.
Alaska Energy Authority declared an emergency on Dec. 20, and began the process of ensuring stable power in Manokotak, the city said.
The community’s utility is owned by Manokotak Natives Limited, which undertook a renovation project in June 1. The Native village corporation has asked for help from local contractors to troubleshoot and resolve power issues, but faces challenges due to depleting resources and unavailability of contractors and parts. The village corporation does not have the funds to do the repairs.
Manokotak Mayor Melvin P. Andrew declared a state of disaster emergency and has requested that Gov. Mike Dunleavy provide disaster assistance.
“The city specifically requests disaster relief to cover labor, parts, and equipment needed to make temporary and permanent repairs to the city’s power infrastructure, and to assist in restoring power, water, and sewer to all affected areas and facilities,” the declaration says.
Meanwhile, the city government has opened the school for emergency shelter as a winter storm bears down on Saturday.
“Check on your neighbors and lend a helping hand,” the city wrote on social media. “Contact emergency services immediately if there is EMERGENCY! TPOs and Health Aides been notified.”
The city leaders also asked for prayer: “In all this keep praying.”