Alaska Gov. Walker declares disaster after costly fall storm on North Slope

After a September storm caused severe damage to roads in the far-north hub town of Utqiagvik, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has formally declared a disaster there, giving the town access to state cash.

Walker signed the disaster declaration Tuesday. It gives Utqiagvik — formerly Barrow — access to state money to help repair damaged infrastructure like roads, as well as for administrative and management costs.

The storm took place in late September, with 8-foot waves and sustained...

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