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More than 100 Galena homes deemed uninhabitable

Kyle Hopkins
Freda Williams talks about being evacuated from her home in Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. Burley is staying at the Willow House in Fairbanks and is uncertain when she will be able to return to her home in Galena. Her home was reported to have been split open. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013. 130610
Bob Hallinen
Herb DeSacia and Eleanor Bryant talk about being evacuated with their dog Muffin from their home in Galena as the Yukon River flooded. The couple is staying at the Willow House in Fairbanks, and is uncertain when they will be able to return to their home in Galena. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Lucille Silas leaves the Willow House in Fairbanks, AK where she is staying on Monday, June 10, 2013. Silas has been going back to Galena where she works for ERA Aviation but has to come back to Fairbanks to take care of her son because Galena is unsafe for children after the Yukon River flooded. Galena is nicknamed G-Town by residents.
Bob Hallinen
Theresa Burley talks about being evacuated from her home in Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. Burley is staying at the Willow House in Fairbanks and is uncertain when she will be able to return to her home in Galena. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013. 130610
Bob Hallinen
Theresa Burley talks about the Galena flood at the Willow House in Fairbanks they were evacuated from Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Dan Patrick talks about the Galena flood at the Willow House in Fairbanks. Patrick and his wife Margaret Patrick were evacuated from Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Margaret and Dan Patrick visit the Tanana Chiefs Conference offices in Fairbanks to find out information about the Galena flood. Patrick and his wife Margaret Patrick were evacuated from Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Margaret and Dan Patrick visit the Tanana Chiefs Conference offices in Fairbanks to find out information about the Galena flood. Patrick and his wife Margaret Patrick were evacuated from Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Gilbert and Margaret Huntington talk about the Galena flood at the Willow House in Fairbanks. Gilbert stayed in Galena throughout the flood and came into Fairbanks on Sunday, while Margaret evacuated during the flood as the Yukon River flooded. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Galena resident Shirley Cleaver is working with response team to the Galena flood in Fairbanks. Cleaver evacuated from Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Eleanor Bryant at the Willow House in Fairbanks after she and Herb DeSacia were evacuated with their dog Muffin from their home in Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. The couple is staying at the Willow House in Fairbanks, AK and is uncertain when they will be able to return to their home in Galena. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Herb DeSacia and Eleanor Bryant talk about being evacuated with their dog Muffin from their home in Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. Muffin had cancer surgery after they evacuated, the couple is staying at the Willow House in Fairbanks, AK and is uncertain when they will be able to return to their home in Galena. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Eleanor Bryant is ready to eat lunch at the Willow House in Fairbanks after she and Herb DeSacia were evacuated with their dog Muffin from their home in Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. The couple is staying at the Willow House in Fairbanks, AK and is uncertain when they will be able to return to their home in Galena. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Courtney Carlo and Jaiden Huntington visit at the Willow House in Fairbanks they were evacuated from Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Virginia Johnston and Theresa Burley talk about the flood at the Willow House in Fairbanks they were evacuated from Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Herb DeSacia and Eleanor Bryant talk about being evacuated with their dog Muffin from their home in Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. Muffin had cancer surgery after they evacuated, the couple is staying at the Willow House in Fairbanks, AK and is uncertain when they will be able to return to their home in Galena. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013. 130610
Bob Hallinen
Freda Williams talks about being evacuated from her home in Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. Burley is staying at the Willow House in Fairbanks and is uncertain when she will be able to return to her home in Galena. Her home was reported to have been split open. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013. 130610
Bob Hallinen
Herb DeSacia and Eleanor Bryant talk about being evacuated with their dog Muffin from their home in Galena as the Yukon River flooded. The couple is staying at the Willow House in Fairbanks, and is uncertain when they will be able to return to their home in Galena. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Lucille Silas leaves the Willow House in Fairbanks, AK where she is staying on Monday, June 10, 2013. Silas has been going back to Galena where she works for ERA Aviation but has to come back to Fairbanks to take care of her son because Galena is unsafe for children after the Yukon River flooded. Galena is nicknamed G-Town by residents.
Bob Hallinen
Theresa Burley talks about being evacuated from her home in Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. Burley is staying at the Willow House in Fairbanks and is uncertain when she will be able to return to her home in Galena. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013. 130610
Bob Hallinen
Theresa Burley talks about the Galena flood at the Willow House in Fairbanks they were evacuated from Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Dan Patrick talks about the Galena flood at the Willow House in Fairbanks. Patrick and his wife Margaret Patrick were evacuated from Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Margaret and Dan Patrick visit the Tanana Chiefs Conference offices in Fairbanks to find out information about the Galena flood. Patrick and his wife Margaret Patrick were evacuated from Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Margaret and Dan Patrick visit the Tanana Chiefs Conference offices in Fairbanks to find out information about the Galena flood. Patrick and his wife Margaret Patrick were evacuated from Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Gilbert and Margaret Huntington talk about the Galena flood at the Willow House in Fairbanks. Gilbert stayed in Galena throughout the flood and came into Fairbanks on Sunday, while Margaret evacuated during the flood as the Yukon River flooded. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Galena resident Shirley Cleaver is working with response team to the Galena flood in Fairbanks. Cleaver evacuated from Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Eleanor Bryant at the Willow House in Fairbanks after she and Herb DeSacia were evacuated with their dog Muffin from their home in Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. The couple is staying at the Willow House in Fairbanks, AK and is uncertain when they will be able to return to their home in Galena. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Herb DeSacia and Eleanor Bryant talk about being evacuated with their dog Muffin from their home in Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. Muffin had cancer surgery after they evacuated, the couple is staying at the Willow House in Fairbanks, AK and is uncertain when they will be able to return to their home in Galena. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Eleanor Bryant is ready to eat lunch at the Willow House in Fairbanks after she and Herb DeSacia were evacuated with their dog Muffin from their home in Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. The couple is staying at the Willow House in Fairbanks, AK and is uncertain when they will be able to return to their home in Galena. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Courtney Carlo and Jaiden Huntington visit at the Willow House in Fairbanks they were evacuated from Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Virginia Johnston and Theresa Burley talk about the flood at the Willow House in Fairbanks they were evacuated from Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Herb DeSacia and Eleanor Bryant talk about being evacuated with their dog Muffin from their home in Galena, AK as the Yukon River flooded. Muffin had cancer surgery after they evacuated, the couple is staying at the Willow House in Fairbanks, AK and is uncertain when they will be able to return to their home in Galena. Photographed on Monday, June 10, 2013. 130610
Bob Hallinen

FAIRBANKS -- State and federal officials have declared 105 Galena homes to be "uninhabitable" following a preliminary assessment of flood damage in the Yukon River village.

The state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency completed the preliminary review over the weekend, said Division spokesman Tony Luiken.

Fifteen homes were destroyed in the floods, he said. Another 90 sustained major damage and would be unsafe for evacuated families to live in.

Galena city and tribal leaders agreed Monday to send 50 evacuees back to the village Tuesday to begin working on cleanup efforts. The returning workers are village residents who have completed hazardous materials training, said Shirley Cleaver, a Galena business owner involved in the emergency response.

An ice jam downriver from Galena swamped the village May 27. As many as 300 people fled the town and most have not returned.

The state has also completed a preliminary assessment of home damage in Circle, a smaller upriver community hammered by flooding earlier in May. Floodwaters destroyed seven homes in the village with another eight sustaining major damage, Luiken said.

The Red Cross and Small Businesses Administration aided in the damage assessments, he said.

 

 


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