The death tell caused by churning floodwaters in Fairbanks, Alaska has risen to seven, and U.
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Background: The death tell caused by churning floodwaters in Fairbanks, Alaska has risen to seven, and U.S. President Lyndon Johnson has declared the Alaskan heartland a disaster area.
The Alaskan interior has flood problems each year at this time as the brief period of summer heat melts snow from the mountains, sending it cascading into the Fairbanks valley.
Federal officials in the flooded city estimated that heavy rainfall on Tuesday (Aug. 15), combined with water from the melting snow, had added 90 billion gallons of water to the normal flow of the Chona and ??? rivers through Fairbanks.
Half of the city's 50,000 residents were left homeless and damage estimated as $1??? million. Most of the 15,000 refugees went ??? be emergency shelters on high ground. One thousand of the homeless were airlifted to stay in homes in Anchorage ??? state's largest city. Residents of Fairbanks had opened their doors to Anchorage residents after the 1964 Good Friday earthquake devastated parts of that city.
The people of Fairbanks know they have little time to recover from the flood damage, even if the waters recede by this weekend, as hoped. Winter comes early to Alaska; the first freeze will strike in six weeks.
The President's declaration of the area as a flood disaster site will make aid immediately available to the state under the Federal Disaster Act. The Small Business Administration will also make low-cost loans available to businessmen. The Federal Agriculture Department is also supplying emergency food supplies to the flood victims.