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CONTACT INFORMATION IN EAGLE
Jackie Helmer, Emergency Coordinator 907.547-4002 email: eagleflood09@gmail.com
Stacey Pare', Information, Donations & Fund Raising 907.547-4002 email: eaglefloodinfo@gmail.com
Andy Bassich, Rebuild Eagle Construction Team 907.547-2390 email:
abassich@gmail.com
Rob Paire, Volunteer Coordinator 907.547-4001 email: robert.paire@gmail.com (Note new phone number)
We are in the process of transfering information from this wiki site to the new www.eaglecity.org website.

July 2nd Update


Internet Service at Eagle Community School has been down since yesterday, and this is having a dramatic negative effect on communications. Our service provider does not expect the problem to be resolved until Monday due to the 4th of July holiday.

July 1st Update


Eagle residents are expecting a stream of volunteers to begin arriving next week, kicking rebuilding efforts into high gear. Sameritan's Purse and Menonite Disaster Services are teaming up to bring 15 volunteers per week into Eagle. Volunteers will be organized by three volunteer construction cordinators who will remain in Eagle all summer to provide continuity for the work teams.


June 26th Update

www.eaglecity.org Website has been created, by a local volunteer, to help get the word out regarding the need for volunteers and materials to rebuild Eagle.


JUNE 17TH UPDATE


”The stories I heard in Eagle and Eagle Village were the most powerful and moving I’ve ever heard in person” Jesse Dukes NPR Studio 360 Producer. (www.studio360.org).

Today marks the sixth week since the ice flood. Just last week Old Eagle Village was cleared of ice by D.O.T. and residents were finally able to see the total destruction. The entire village was pushed farther down river and back into the brush. Fallen trees are a jumbled mess and in some areas the ice is still twelve or more feet high. So far fifteen crushed autos have been found as well as damaged/destroyed boats, fish racks and smoke houses.

PART OF EAGLE VILLAGE

LOOKING WEST FROM VILLAGE TOWARDS EAGLE

FEMA

A disaster Declaration was issued by President Obama on Thursday June 11.
FEMA arrived yesterday morning accompanied by Nora Firmin Homeland Security Emergency Management Specialist II out of Fairbanks. The FEMA personnel will spend three days interviewing locals who were affected by the ice flood. Grants and loans are available for temporary housing and repairs. Loans may be available to those who lost their homes or businesses.

FUNDRAISERS

However, for the most part a low interest loan is not what locals need. ERCT continues to pursue funds and volunteers to build approx. 20 cabins.

The Clinton Foundation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others have been contacted about our needs. Jason Avery, manager of Pioneer Park at Alaska Land, in Fairbanks, Ak. is planning a fundraiser for late July or early August and Mr. Whitekeys in Anchorage may be organizing a benefit soon.

The Chickenstock Music Festival was well attended in spite of rain and cool temperatures. The band Northern River was one of three bands playing. A silent auction fund raiser for ERCT or the Rebuild Eagle Project took place. One couple donated a dancing chicken to the auction. The chicken brought in the highest bid at $200.11. The winner gave $210.00. Other items included a two night stay at the Wilderness Lodge near Tok, Alaska (logcabinwildernesslodge.com), a one night stay at Discovery Cabin owned by adventuresalaskatours.com in Hope. Two license plates & photos of an ice destroyed Jeep was donated by an Eagle couple, hand crafted Mammoth Ivory jewelry, Kiln Formed glass jewelry and other donations were also freely given. The proceeds from food and beverage sales during Chickenstock will also be donated to ERCT by Chicken Gold Camp located in Chicken, Alaska (chickengold.com) Thank you Mike, Lou & Josea Busby for a fun time and all your support, hope to see you at the 2010 Chickenstock! For more about the 2009 event go to; www.newsminer.com/news/2009/jun/12/chickenstock/promises-be-recipe-good-time/

RADIO AND PUBLICATIONS

Ted Genoways (Mother Jones Magazine) and Jesse Dukes (NPR’S Radio 360) spent about a week with Eagle residents and interviewed most of the ice flood victims. The September issue of Mother Jones Magazine will have the Eagle flood story and Radio 360 is due to air on July 4th Weekend. An additional project Jesse Dukes is working on is a companion website to Ted’s piece that will allow people to listen to an individuals story and see photos.

MISSION ROAD

DOT has awarded a contract for ice removal along the road (Mission Road) connecting Eagle City and Eagle Village. Apparently there are two areas of the road that washed out and will need backfill & repairs. There is no estimate as to when the road will be open to the public. Meanwhile the temporary trail continues to serve as a link between Eagle City and Eagle Village. (Update as of 6/22) Mission Road is passable but is best used only between 7pm - 7am that way traffic will not slow up work efforts during the day.

HISTORIC CUSTOMS HOUSE

Eagle Historical Society & Museums recieved a mini-state-grant to cover costs for restoration of damp and soiled books.

VOLUNTEERS

We have had many volunteers come in groups and as individuals. The Bureau of Land Management has made the beautiful Ft. Egbert campground fee zero. Hopefully our volunteers will take advantage of that! Thank you, BLM
  • A group of neighbors from Dawson City, Yukon have been in twice and worked several days each time. They scrubbed flooded possessions, built an outhouse and disassembled a home. Thank you Neighbors!
  • One couple that works with the Yukon Quest brought a 24’ trailer all the way from Washing to leave as living quarters for a local resident that lost his home. Thanks Folks!
  • Currently Rob Paire from Pennsylvania is in Eagle and has committed to spend the summer here. Rob, a volunteer with LightShine Ministries, will be providing continuity and direction for volunteer groups as they come through.
  • One Yukon River canoeist dropped in and volunteered a couple of days of his time.
  • A large group of Boy Scouts and leaders drop in after a float trip on the 40-mile and Yukon Rivers. They gladly helped clean out a difficult to access building. Thanks Scouts and Happy 100th Birthday!
  • Christina Young has her own unique Alaskan History. She arrived in her pride and joy, a 1954 L21B Supercub. This is her fourth summer flying throughout Alaska, the state she was born in. We greatly apprecaite her willingness to drop in and help out!
  • We continue to look for volunteers who have expertise in the areas of building a website and establishing a non-profit status for the Rebuild Eagle Fund and we always need friendly folks who can pitch in where needed as well as handle construction and demolition.

To date we have had an excellent accident record. No injuries have occurred since the flood. However, TCC continues to have staff on site. Thank you TCC!

CLEAN-UP

Locals are working with DOT, DNR, DHS, DEC and private engineers to establish a one time land fill location for the building debris. Also, approx 40 vehicles and a dozen boats have been destroyed and need to be removed from the Eagle Area…anyone interested in a scrap metal project?

The mobile burn unit has performed well. The unit was built by Chris Marshall, owner of Tok Welding & Fabrication and was made available to Eagle City at a fraction of its original cost. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provided the $25,000.00 purchase price while working with the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program to accomplish the purchase and aid in the clean-up efforts. Between utilizing the burn unit and sending loads of non-burnable trash to Tok, the streets are cleaning up. However, cleanup is just beginning on the Village side and for many Eagle City summer residents.

FUNDRAISING & DONATIONS

EAGLE REBUILD PROJECT
To date a total of $14,600 has been raised for the rebuild fund. If you can contribute to the Rebuild Fund please DONATE NOW. Also check out the needed items list at the end of this update. Currently we are seeking a truck load of general materials for homes that were flooded. Some of these homes have been stripped down to a skeleton and are drying out. Materials such as 6” insulation, 2x6’s, wiring and outlets, flooring and siding are needed to rebuild/refinish the flood damaged homes. Anyone with a load of materials they care to donate can contact Robert Paire 907-547-4001 or email robert.paire@gmail.comRebuild efforts are still in the clean-up/dismantling phase with one or two properties in Eagle City and some village properties ready for foundation work. REBUILD EAGLE FUND is ALWAYS IN NEED OF DONATIONS and VOLUNTEERS (Money, tools and time are needed).

To date our Warm Hearts Fund is not doing very well. I’d encourage folks to do a little surfing on the web and check out what interior Alaska is like in the winter. Folks here don’t dress for fashion…but for survival. Good quality winter gear is hard to come by at a reasonable cost. Getting outfitted is expensive and those who lost everything can expect to pay about $800 to get one set of gear, that does not include long johns, multiple types of socks and the variety of foot gear needed. PLEASE seriously consider helping with this fund. You can contribute by calling BIG RAYS in Fairbanks, Alaska at 907.452.3458 and purchasing a winter clothing gift card.

Donations for Flood Victims are still needed and one good way to help specific families with specific needs is to join our ADOPT-A-FAMILY program. Just call Sandy Lydic at 907.547.4002 and ask to adopt a family. She can direct you to a family or act as the middle-man if you wish to stay anonymous.

REBUILD EAGLE NEEDS LIST

Hand Tools

Pry Bar and Cats Paws for pulling Nails
Sledge Hammers
Metal Tin Snips
Cordelss Drills and bits for removing Roofing 1/4" & 3/8" hex bits
Spool of 3/8" .050 Semi chisel chainsaw chain
(10) hard hats
(10) pair of work gloves
Eye protection
Paslode Nails 3-1/2" 3-1/4" 2-1/2" (many boxes needed)
Roofing Screws 1-1/2"
Tee Square
Electrical Wire 3 conductor
Laser Level

Equipment

2 12kw generators on wheels
Petibone or Sky lift forks
Small track hoe with gripper bucket

June 6, 2009 update


FLOOD FACTS


“One of the worst floods on record” National Weather Service

“The worst hit place along the Yukon River” State Emergency Management Team

“At its height, flood waters were 54 feet above normal” Fairbanks Daily News Miner

“As a community we have never been through this type of disaster…it is a challenge to keep up with the daily changes and needs we are now facing…it is a moment by moment learning experience for us all” Eagle Resident

65 families were affected: 35 homes, guest homes and summer homes were destroyed or displaced, 24 homes flooded, 8 business owners with 15 businesses were either destroyed or severely damaged, approx. 26 vehicles and 7 boats/motors were crushed and 3 fish wheels destroyed. Plus the Old Eagle Village infrastructure was destroyed, the Eagle City Fire and Ambulance station and equipment was flooded, 4 historical buildings were destroyed or displaced, the city and many private wells were contaminated and an unknown number of other vehicles, heavy equipment and out buildings were destroyed, damaged or flooded.

As residents of the Eagle area are prompted to “Get back to normal” frustration levels grow. Residents are now entering the fourth week of recovery, daily facing their personal tragedies and trying to absorb the magnitude of the floods damage. Through this process two questions have surfaced “Why isn’t Mission Road being worked on and why hasn’t the state or federal government reached out to help the local government financially?”

Although the state of Alaska has designated over five million dollars for disaster relief, the city has not received any assistance for disaster related expenses such as clean-up, sanitation, supplies or repairs. No state or federal funds have been made available to reimburse the city’s rocketing costs and many locals, who are currently employed by the city to help organize and assist in the recovery, fear they may loose the only source of income available to them.

Please appeal to our Governor and state legislators on our behalf. Encourage them to release funds designated for reimbursable disaster expenses borne by Eagle City.
Governor Palin's email contact: http://gov.state.ak.us/govmail.php
phone contacts: Phone (907) 465-3500 Fax (907) 465-3532

Toll-free phone numbers for Alaska state legislators can be found here: http://w3.legis.state.ak.us/docs/pdf/800numbers.pdf

Office of Congressman Don Young: (907) 456-0210 - Phone or (907) 456-0279 - Fax

Contact Senator Murkowski: http://murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactMe.EmailLisa

Also, residents grow increasingly frustrated as they face a daunting issue…the road between Eagle City and Eagle Village - Mission Road is still blocked by ice and debris. Department of Transportation (DOT) laid a temporary trail but ambulances, fire trucks, two wheel vehicles, trucks loaded with building supplies and low vehicles are unable to use the trail. The community feels a strong sense of unrest and urgency as precious time passes and no date is established as to when Mission road will be cleared of ice and made passable. Locals feel this is a real set-back to preparing for winter and getting back to a normal lifestyle. It is also a dangerous situation preventing emergency response. Locals are doing everything they can to encourage DOT to start the clearing project but have been unable to make progress.

Eagle area residents ask that you, our readers, contact representatives on our behalf. We need the Mission Road open for emergency response and so locals can begin to rebuild and be housed by winter.


EAGLE REBUILD PROJECT

Currently we are seeking a truck load of general materials for homes that were flooded. Some of these homes have been stripped down to a skeleton and are drying out. Materials such as 6” insulation, 2x6’s, wiring and outlets, flooring and siding are needed to rebuild/refinish the flood damaged homes. Anyone with a load of materials they care to donate can contact Robert Pair 907-457-4001 or email robert.paire@gmail.com
Rebuild efforts are still in the clean-up/dismantling phase with one or two properties in Eagle City and some village properties ready for foundation work. However, with Mission road clogged with ice and debris building materials cannot be transported to the Village of Eagle - thus rebuilding plans for the Village of Eagle are currently at a stand still.
Next week a charitable group will be coming in to assess the need for new homes. Organizers hope this will lead to financing the new homes and perhaps even put pressure on the state to open Mission road so homes can be built and made habitable before winter.

CURRENT FUNDS RAISED FOR REBUILDING EAGLE

To date a total of $12,229 has been raised for the rebuild fund. This will cover the cost of just over 50% of ONE home.

If you can contribute to the Rebuild Fund please go to Paypal.com and make a donation to cecflood09@huges.net or make a deposit to the Rebuild Eagle Fund established at Wells Fargo Bank acct. # 5943966530 Also check out the needed items list at the end of this update.

FOOD & DONATIONS

Alaska Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (AKVOAD) has provided unlimited support in locating, organizing and transporting donations to Eagle. Today AKVOAD representative Arlan DeYong, a representative of the ministry Samaritans Purse and a MACR missionary pilot flying a MARC mission plane delivered 1000 lbs of frozen and refrigerated foods for feeding flood victims, volunteers and workers. An additional truck load of dry goods will be in next week. The food was donated by USDA.
Donated foods insure that Eagle area residents, volunteers and workers are fed three times daily. As the City’s budget dwindles and no help from state or federal government comes forth locals fear that meals will no longer be available, which could effect the number of volunteers coming in as well as the hours locals, volunteers and city workers can dedicate to clean-up and rebuilding projects. An extra effort is being made to secure donated foods so meals continue.
The Alaska SPCA has been working hard to insure our animals stay healthy by supplying tons of pet food.
Donors far and wide have sent in truck loads of supplies. As the Receiving &
Distribution Center (R&D) employees sift through donations; arctic gear is set aside, food is neatly organized and household goods are made available. Basic items such as cleaners, paper towels and toilet paper circulate through R&D quickly. These donated supplies are available daily 9AM-6PM to all residents directly affected by the flood.
Organizers realize that it is difficult for many independent minded locals to accept free assistance so a creative approach has been developed. Flood victims can make an appointment for a private “shopping” session. This allows privacy and freedom as flood victims express the emotional impact of losing their own possessions.
Overstock will be transported back to Fairbanks where it will then be re-distributed to other villages affected by flooding.

If you can contribute by filling any of the needs listed at the end of this update please let David or Cassy Wilkin at 907.547.4002 or cassy@auroracollections.net or mail them to Cindy Gowins c/o Distribution Center PO Box 64 Eagle, Alaska 99738

CLEAN UP & SANITATION

City hired work crews travel the roads and pick up pre-bagged debris, household garbage and burnable materials. The city has rented a large dumpster which must be transported in and out from Tok (a 352 mile round trip). The city also purchased a large burn unit. Clean up is slow but residents now have a way to dispose of the flood debris before ravens and bears become a nuisance.
The numerous vehicles, boats, ATVs, snow machines and appliances damaged by the ice lay scattered throughout the flood area. The city is currently working on a solution.

EAGLE AREA RESIDENTS LOOSE POSSESSIONS THAT DEFINE ALASKAN BUSH LIFE

One local is well known for her excellent smoked and canned salmon. She lost all her canners and jars to the flood.
A family that raises and runs a special breed of sled dogs lost two sleds to the flood.
A family that has volunteered many hours and raced twice in the 1000 mile Yukon Quest Dog Sled Race lost 2 boats, a boat motor and their fish wheel.
Will you consider helping these folks out by replacing these lost possessions?

VOLUNTEERS

If it were not for the generosity of caring agencies and private individuals Eagle would be facing this difficult time alone. Groups of volunteers from as far as the Kenai Peninsula help with clean-up, haul in supplies and fill in where needed. The residents of the Eagle area would like to encourage skilled and unskilled volunteers to spend some time in this beautiful and historic area of Alaska. Temperatures have been in the 70’s and 80’s…perfect for drying out the flooded buildings and swamped out land. Local residents feel strongly about meeting the needs of volunteers and making sure their experience here is a positive one.

If you would like to volunteer in the general clean-up or the construction effort please contact Robert Paire 907-457-4001 or robert.paire@gmail.com. When you come consider bringing a pressure washer!

A NEW ORIENTATION

When the massive ice sheared off one hundred year old White Spruce trees from the river bank (200 yards inland and along a 6 mile stretch) property owners lost their privacy as well as protection against erosion and high winds. One resident stated, “A person’s perspective of land size changes when the trees are suddenly gone and no longer provide protection and privacy or act as a sound barrier. Suddenly, it seems my land shrunk…everything on the land next door just right here and there is absolutely no privacy. All I have now is a parking lot vulnerable to erosion”.
Disorientation is a common topic at community meals as people recall the familiar landmarks they used in the past to determine property boundaries, trails and distances…those land marks no longer exist leaving people feeling confused.

INSURANCE CLAIMS

Insured homeowners face resistance as they learn that their insurance companies refuse to cover losses due to water damage. While the flood did cause water damage which can be repaired the ice is what destroyed the homes, vehicles and businesses beyond repair.

COMMUNITY FISH WHEEL TO BE BUILT

Many fish wheels and boats were destroyed or damaged by the ice but local dog team owners are talking of rebuilding a community fish wheel in time for the Chum Salmon season. Locals are aware that one fish wheel cannot produce enough salmon to feed all the dog teams throughout the winter but locals feel some salmon is better than none at all.

MAKE A DATE - WE WILL SEE YOU IN CHICKEN, ALASKA!

Please come and participate in the Chickenstock Music festival & Auction June 12th & 13th . Proceeds will go to the Rebuild Eagle Fund. One Eagle couple will be there with a computer screen slide show and their handcrafted art for sale.

If you can donate art, Alaska themed gifts, or gift certificates from your business please contact: Josea Busby at chickenite@hotmail.com

NPR & MOTHER JONES COME TO EAGLE

Last week Jesse Dukes with NPR Studio 360 and Ted Genoways with Mother Jones Pub. Spent several days interviewing Eagle area residents.

WARM HEARTS FUND

Please don’t forget about our warm hearts fund. You can contribute by calling BIG RAYS in Fairbanks, Alaska at 907.452.3458 and purchasing a winter clothing gift card.

NEEDED ITEMS FOR REBUILD EAGLE PROJECT

EAGLE'S REBUILD GROUP IMMEDIATELY NEEDS 4 OR MORE 35-50CC CHAINSAWS WITH 20" BARS. ANY BRAND. EACH SAW NEEDS TO BE EQUIPPED WITH TWO LOOPS OF 3-H FULL CARBIDE TOOTH CHAINS. THESE CAN BE SHIPPED TO ANDY BASSICH / ERCT C/O DISTRIBUTION CENTER PO BOX 64 EAGLE, ALASKA 99738
1 - 10-12KW GENERATOR IS NEEDED TO POWER UP THE WORK SITE.
3 CHAINSAWS 16 INCH BARS 3/4 PITCH PLUS FILES 7/32 AND EXTRA CHAIN
2 SKILLSAWS
1 - 12 INCH MITRE CUTOFF SAW & STAND
2 – 1/2 INCH DRILL MOTORS
2 – 3 1/2 inch POWER HAND PLANERS
2 – 9 INCH ANGLE GRINDERS WITH RUBBER BACKING PADS 80 & 100 GRIT DISKS
1 RADIAL ARM SAW 10”
1 - 10 INCH TABLE SAW
2 VIBRATING HAND SANDERS
2 PASLODE FRAMING NAILERS
20 HARDHATS
100 EYE PROTECTION GLASSES
500 PARTICAL MASKS
4 CHAINSAW HELMETS WITH FACESHIELD AND EAR PROTECTION
WORK GLOVES
PAINT ROLLERS/ BRUSHES 3 & 2 INCH/ ROLLER PANS/ DISPOSABLE LINERS
2 – 4 FT LEVELS
2 – 6FT. LEVELS
4 FRAMING SQUARES
4 CORDLESS DRILLS & EXTRA BATTERIES
1 SAWZALL WITH WOOD AND METAL BLADES
TRANSIT LEVEL & TRIPOD
DOVETAIL JIG [ NICK TURNER]
EXTENTION CORDS 4- 50FT & 4 –100FT
10 – 3WAY ADAPTERS
4 HANDHELD VHF RADIOS
3000 WATT GENERATORS
CARPENTER PENCILS & SHARPENERS
AIRLIFT BAGS & SMALL GEN-SET TO OPERATE. FOR RAISING CABINS

SUPPLIES NEEDED BY DISTRIBUTION CENTER

2- 500 gal water tanks located at the rebuild sights to be routinely
refilled with potable water
4 chain saws
12 axes
20 hammers
30 boxes 55 GAL. large trash bags
Food – canned and basic cooking supplies
Fresh fruit and veggies
24 wall tents (yurts)
3 generators 2000 watts
20 galvanized wash tubs
6 small microwaves
Brooms: 20 straw, 10 push
10 tweezers
6 fingernail clippers
6 large, 12”, frying pans
8 sets of pots and pans
Coffee filters
3 coffee makers
4 coffee percolators
2 cases sugar packets
50 pounds of sugar in 10 pound bags
20 collapsible cardboard boxes
1 box fine point sharpies
25 note books, legal pad size
40 bottles of hand and face lotion
50 chap sticks
50 pairs of socks, wool if possible, child through adult
15 Dish pack sets for settings of 4
15 Silver ware – metal kitchen
15 Cooking utensils sets
12 battery operated alarm clocks
Adult rain gear (coats and pants) 3 sm, 5 med,6 large, 4 xlarge
Men’s rubber boots, size 9-12
40 each AA- D batteries
20 shovels
20 dust pans
15 oil lamps with wicks
40 quart bottles of oil
1 playpen for 18 month old
5 cat boxes and scoops
100 work gloves, small, medium, large & x large
200 latex rubber gloves, small, medium, large, x large
50 extension cords 6’-100’
30 coleman 2 burner stoves
40 gals of fuel for stoves
Case of ball point pens
Battery powered flashlights
Craft supplies for elderly (6) bead works size 6,8,10 beads -seed bead
needles & skins
1000 disposable wash clothes
1000 disposable towels
Shoes, extreme winter gear, boots, coats, snow pants or ,
scarves, hats, kids-adult sizes
3 refers
2 freezers
100 tarps (small, medium and large)
20 leatherman
10 hand held battery operated radios – walkie talkies
30 twin size, queen size and king blankets
100 large totes
50 rolls Duct tape
2 packages scotch tape (6 rolls each)
Brooms: 20 straw, 10 push
8 answering machines
15 12x24 car ports (for storage)
20 rakes, yard and garden
20 hoes
power tools- house building
air tools- house building
10 pruners
arctic gear
kitchen needs- serving approx 75 people 2x a day, 40 at breakfast:
Any #10 cans of fruits & veggies
powdered eggs
cases of 8oz shelf safe milk
cases of 4oz juices-veriety packs
100 lbs pancake mix
100 lbs biscuit mix
Jello Mixes
Instant mixes for cakes and sweets
cookies
granola bars
juice mixes for 5gal juice per day
pudding
microwave popcorn
saltine crackers
ritz crackers
pilot bread
brown sugar
paper bowls,plates, cups
plastic spoons,forks,knives
instant mashed potatos
canned salsa
refried beans
spaghetti sauce
snack backs of chips
gallon size salad dressings
cold cereal-veriety
instand oatmeal packs-veriety
noodles-elbow,wide egg, spaghetti, lagzana
chocolate chips
walnuts
pecans
cooking oil- veggie & olive
minute rice
soy sauce
sweet & sour sauce
canned chili
taco shells
meat is always welcome as long as we can get it here-kitchen uses
apprx. 20-30 lbs per day








CHICKENSTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL AUCTION FUNDRAISER
A silent auction will be held at the music festival. We encourage readers who have businesses or are artists to donate an item.
To date we have B&B stays, handcrafted jewelry, Yukon Quest memorabilia etc...If you would like to donate to this fundraiser please send your art, gift certificate or other items to Josea Busby Chicken Gold Camp Box 70 Chicken, AK 99732. Please be sure to include a note designating it as "For The Rebuild Eagle Auction Fundraiser".


EAGLE DENALI ACCOUNT MOVED TO WELLS FARGO ACCOUNT
Yesterday all $1544 of the funds raised and deposited in Tok were moved to the Wells Fargo account.

PIONEER WOMEN OF THE YUKON SEND $$$$
Robbie MacManus' mom Myrna Butterworth and others sent $1350 over to our Eagle Relief Fund. That money has now been deposited in the Wells Fargo account, minus the exchange rate.

RHODY TRUST TO GIVE AWAY FREE DOME HOMES
I just got a phone call from Roger Roberts in Ophir, AK. 907-252-0637, 907-347-9535. He's been in contact with Pearl at Rhody Trust who is ready to donate up to 150 homes and more along the Yukon River. No one has been calling them back and they are READY TO MOVE! Please contact Pearl at 503-365-7194 or email at ssupport@rhodytrust.org ASAP.

They also want to train people on building these homes http://domehomes.com/ for future employment opportunities. The homes have a R value of 151 - yes if I heard Roger right 151 R-Value. Amazing.

These guys have even contacted Obama to make sure you get help.
John


HEARTFELT THANKS


I was contacted today by one of our neighbors who was left homeless by the flood. She has been meeting with the Eagle Rebuilding Construction Team focused on getting folks in homes who have lost theirs. On their behalf she asked me to pass along their most sincere and heartfelt thanks. They have been deeply touched by the generous response of people from all over and felt it important to do everything possible to let people know how truly grateful they are.

mary morris - Eagle
mail@yukonron.com

EAGLE CITY PROGRESS REPORT & PHOTOS AS OF MAY 27, 2009

by Cassy Wilkin email: cassy@auroracollections.net
Fund Raising Coordinator & Emergency Coordinator Assistant

We are still enjoying warm temperatures and the ice is melting rapidly. The true devastation of the flood/ice damage is revealed as the ice melts or is moved away and locals find their crushed vehicles, boats, out buildings and other personal items. The clean-up does seem like a daunting task to those already overwhelmed with loss. The City of Eagle has purchased a burn unit for burnable trash/debris and has also provided large dumpsters for non-burnable items. Work on the road that connects Eagle City and Eagle Village will soon begin. Currently city/village traffic uses a temporary trail laid by D.O.T. which can accommodate one vehicle at a time.

The Eagle Community school has kindly offered a large garden plot for a community garden since many private gardens have been damaged, eroded or polluted. Students and community members will work on the garden together. Seeds have been donated to the project. The City of Eagle has assigned storage space near the Historic Old School area for those who wish to build storage space.

Donations of household and personal items continue to be distributed from the Eagle School Distribution Center. A load of donations organized by Mr. Whitekeys (Anchorage) and dog food from Fairbanks SPCA & AKVOAD has just arrived. Holland America transported the donations free of charge. As I walked through the distribution center, I saw a lot of smiling faces as many community members pitched in to unload the truck.

Eagle City continues to purchase and transport food and other supplies from Fairbanks. These supplies are available to Eagle area residents free of charge. Three meals a day are prepared at the school so residents, workers and volunteers can focus on the emergency.

The Eagle Historical Society & Museums (EHS&M) just completed work on the historic river front Customs House. Within hours of completion the building was moved off it's foundation and torn in two by water and ice. The Museum Director, Jean Turner, is working hard to restore the Customs House once again. Due to the damage Holland America Tours experienced and the general needs of the community the Museum will not be operating as usual this summer. Thus, their annual operation budget will be effected. Please help support EHS&M and become a member of the Historical Society to support their efforts. Call Jean Turner at 907.547.2325 or visit the website eagleak.org.

THE COMMUNITY OF EAGLE AND ALL AREA RESIDENTS WISH TO THANK THOSE WHO HAVE MADE CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR WELL BEING. YOUR TIME, FINANCES AND EFFORT HAVE BEEN VERY ENCOURAGING. AS YOU KNOW SUMMERS ARE SHORT AND PREPAREDNESS FOR WINTER VITAL; WITH THAT IN MIND AREA RESIDENTS HAVE NO TIME TO WASTE AND STILL NEED YOUR HELP! PLEASE READ ON, HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP...


FUNDRAISING EFFORTS...
Fund raising efforts..
.for those creative folks out there who would love to donate something for an auction please email: Josea at chickenite@hotmail.com. The Busby's have generously offered to include an auction during their annual Chickenstock Music Festival all proceeds will go to the Rebuild Eagle Fund. For more information on the Music Festival check out www.chickenstockmusicfestival.com.

A Yukon River Flood Relief Fundraiser is scheduled for May 29 & 30th in Fairbanks. This fund raiser will spread the funds received to all Alaskan villages effected by floods in 09.

Big Rays in Fairbanks has generously offered to add an additional 20% to any gift card purchased for flood victims. You can contact Big Rays mail order department and say you want to contribute to the Warm Hearts Fund. You can purchase gift cards for specific individuals or generic cards. The cards will be distributed in September so those who lost their arctic gear can replace it by winter.

The Prospector in Fairbanks has generously offered to provide the 'employee discount' to Eagle area residents.

The Yukon Quest is working on fund raising/relief efforts for Eagle. Eagle is the mid-way check point for the one thousand mile dog race held every February. Eagle residents volunteer their time and work hard to make trails for the Yukon Quest racers and maintain the check point.

REBUILDING EAGLE...
The Eagle Rebuilding Construction Team (ERCT) has drafted lists of building materials and tools needed so that log cabins can be constructed this summer. In the fall these cabins will be lifted and placed on the properties of those who have lost their homes.
Funds can be donated at PayPal.com using the email address: cecflood09@hughes.net
Construction workers are needed to build between 8-20 cabins.

Contact Robert Paire for more details at 907.547.4001.

TOOLS AND MATERIALS NEEDED TO BUILD NEW HOMES:

1 - 10-12KW GENERATOR IS NEEDED TO POWER UP THE WORK SITE.
3 CHAINSAWS 16 INCH BARS 3/4 PITCH PLUS FILES 7/32 AND EXTRA CHAIN
2 SKILLSAWS
1 - 12 INCH MITRE CUTOFF SAW & STAND
2 – 1/2 INCH DRILL MOTORS
2 – 3 1/2 inch POWER HAND PLANERS
2 – 9 INCH ANGLE GRINDERS WITH RUBBER BACKING PADS 80 & 100 GRIT DISKS
1 RADIAL ARM SAW 10”
1 - 10 INCH TABLE SAW
2 VIBRATING HAND SANDERS
2 PASLODE FRAMING NAILERS
20 HARDHATS
100 EYE PROTECTION GLASSES
500 PARTICAL MASKS
4 CHAINSAW HELMETS WITH FACESHIELD AND EAR PROTECTION
WORK GLOVES
PAINT ROLLERS/ BRUSHES 3 & 2 INCH/ ROLLER PANS/ DISPOSABLE LINERS
2 – 4 FT LEVELS
2 – 6FT. LEVELS
4 FRAMING SQUARES
4 CORDLESS DRILLS & EXTRA BATTERIES
1 SAWZALL WITH WOOD AND METAL BLADES
TRANSIT LEVEL & TRIPOD
DOVETAIL JIG [ NICK TURNER]
EXTENTION CORDS 4- 50FT & 4 –100FT
10 – 3WAY ADAPTERS
4 HANDHELD VHF RADIOS
3000 WATT GENERATORS
CARPENTER PENCILS & SHARPENERS
AIRLIFT BAGS & SMALL GEN-SET TO OPERATE. FOR RAISING CABINS


SPECIFIC ITEMS ARE NEEDED BY EAGLE RESIDENTS WHO ARE RENTING OR USING UNFURNISHED HOMES. Please consider mailing your donations to Cinthia or Steven Gowins c/o Eagle Distribution Center PO Box 64 Eagle, Alaska 99738 or contact Cassy Wilkin at 907.547.4002 or email cassy@auroracollectons.net for more information or to arrange for pick-up.

NEEDED ITEMS:

WALL TENTS, LARGE CAMP TENTS, ARMY TENTS, CARPORT TENTS (AVAILABLE AT SAM'S OR COSTCOS) THESE ARE NEEDED BY FOLKS THAT HAVE NO PLACE TO STORE ANYTHING).

PRY BARS
DRILLS
SAWS
MOPS
BROOMS
DUST PANS
RUBBER GLOVES
WORK GLOVES
SCRUB BRUSHES
METAL WASH PANS
KITCHEN POTS & PANS
SILVERWARE
COOKING UTENSILS
SMALL KITCHEN APPLIANCES: TOASTER, CROCK POTS, COFFEE MAKERS ETC...
DAY PACKS
TENNIS SHOES
GARDEN TOOLS

PEOPLE ARE IN NEED OF:
SMALL & LARGE APPLIANCES
WOOD STOVES
LIGHTING
FURNITURE
TOOLS FOR CUTTING FIREWOOD

HOW TO VOLUNTEER...

We would like to encourage volunteers to come to Eagle and help with the overwhelming tasks of cleaning up, dismantling damaged buildings and reconstruction. Volunteers might consider bringing pressure washers to help in the clean up process. Please be equipped to camp.

If you wish to VOLUNTEER please contact Robert Paire at 907.547.4001 or robert.paire@gmail.com
IF YOU CAN ASSIST IN THE YUKON QUEST EFFORT contact Lori Stiles at questops@mosquitonet.com

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EAGLE CITY PROGRESS REPORT AS OF MAY 22, 2009
by Cassy Wilkin email: cassy@auroracollections.net
Assistant to Eagle City Emergency Coordinator

We have been experiencing warm temperatures and the ice is quickly melting. Large equipment has cleared the downtown river front area of ice. Flood victims are continuing to clean up debris and work on damaged structures. Donations of household and personal items such as clothing have been well organized and are daily distributed from the Eagle School Distribution Center. Eagle City continues to purchase and transport food and other supplies from Fairbanks. These supplies are available to Eagle City & Eagle Village residents upon request, free of charge. Three meals a day are prepared at the school so residents, workers and volunteers can focus on the emergency. A temporary road has been laid between Eagle City & Eagle Village. A filtered source of potable water has been set up at the Eagle City Well. Electricity and phone has been restored to most locations.

Creative minds have been working at various ways to raise support for flood victims. A Yukon River Flood Relief Fundraiser is scheduled for May 29 & 30th in Fairbanks. Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost (Chicken, Alaska) will be holding the third annual Chickenstock Musicfest (June 12 & 13) with proceeds going to Eagle City. Big Rays in Fairbanks has generously offered to add an additional 20% to any gift card purchased for flood victims. You can contact Big Rays mail order department and say you want to contribute to the Warm Hearts Fund. You can purchase gift cards for specific individuals or generic cards. The cards will be distributed in September so those who lost their arctic gear can replace it by winter.

The Eagle Rebuilding Construction Team (ERCT) has drafted lists of building materials needed so that log cabins can be constructed this summer. In the fall these cabins will be lifted and placed on the properties of those who have lost their cabins. Local land owners have given permission to use their five acre property for the construction site. Construction workers are needed to build between 8-20 cabins. Tools and materials are also needed. You can contact Andy Bassich for a complete list or details at 907.547.2390.


  • Contributions to the Rebuild Eagle account at Wells Fargo and the Rebuild Eagle Fund at Denali State Bank will be used by Eagle City to help Eagle flood victims. You can call those banks to make contributions.
  • In addition a PayPal account has been established through Eagle City to receive donations. The email address for that account is cecflood09@hughes.net.
  • Contributions to the 2009 Spring Flooding Account #118722 at any Alaska USA Federal Credit Union will be used by the Alaska Long Term Recovery Committee to assist flood victims throughout Alaska.

We are expecting a large load of donations from Anchorage, organized by Mr. Whitekeys, as well as donations from Alberta, Canada and Fairbanks. Since the fishwheels have been damaged or destroyed VOAD is working with SPCA to provide sled dogs and pets with food. We greatly appreciate the support and concern shown by Alaskans and many others!

If you have donations that need transportation please contact David or Cassy Wilkin at 907.547.4002.
Currently we are getting requests for:
day packs
tennis shoes
garden tools
pre-filled spice racks
mops and scrub brushes

In the not too distant future people will need:
Appliances - large and small
Woodstoves
Lighting
Furniture & other household items.

We would like to encourage volunteers to come to Eagle and help with the overwhelming tasks of cleaning up, dismantling damaged buildings and reconstruction. Volunteers might consider bringing pressure washers to help in the clean up. Please be equipped to camp or it may be possible for volunteers to find lodging at the school. In either case volunteers need to bring their own sleeping gear etc... Please call Cassy Wilkin at 907.547.4002 or email me for more information.

Passing on some more good info that I received today via email.
mary morris - Eagle


From: Gloria Finney
Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 12:01 PM
To: All TCC
Subject: Yukon River Flood Relief Fundraiser~ May 29th

We are planning a HUGE community fundraiser to support the Flood Relief efforts and victims of the 2009 Yukon River Flood though the American Red Cross. All proceeds will be for a restricted fund to be used for Flood Relief and Victims only.

The fundraiser will be held May 29, 2009 at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall starting at 5 pm with raffles, auctions, 50/50 chances, cake walks, and live entertainment. We plan to have fun until midnight and every one of all ages are encouraged to come and support. The dinner will be $8.00 adults, and $4.00 for children 12 and under. The dinner will be prepared by Pike’s Catering and will consist of Honey Glazed Ham, Garlic Mash Potatoes, Country Gravy, Pasta Salad, and a dinner roll.

In addition to the fundraiser we are hosting a Yard Sale on Saturday May 30 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal on 2nd Avenue.

Starting at 9 am to 3pm Donations for the yard sale may be dropped off at the church during regular business hours.

The following is needed:
We are in need of: Theme Baskets. If you, your organization, company, church group, department would like to pool your efforts together and put one together this would be a huge help. Some Ideas—Beading, Sewing, Fishing, Family Fun, Camping, Quilting, Baking, Picnic, BBQ, Kids, Movies, Home Décor, Kid’s baskets, Men’s Baskets, Spa Baskets ...
We are in need: raffle donations. Individuals or Businesses are encouraged to donate what they can. Hotel Room Stays, Airline Tickets, Gift Certificates, or any kind of donation is welcome to be used for the raffles or auction.
We are in need of: Volunteers. Immediate need is dropping off donation letters and posting flyers. Other areas of help needed are picking up donations, setting up, running the event, and many other tasks.
We are in need of: Baked Goods. Any and all baked goods are needed: breads, cakes, cupcakes, brownies, pies …
We are in need of: Musicians. If you would like to volunteer as an individual or a group please contact Ann Fears at 388-5651.

We would like to acknowledge our corporate sponsors: Fairbanks Daily News Miner for free advertising, Tanana Chiefs Conference for use of Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall, Doyon Properties, Inc. for setting up, Pikes Catering and Jay Ramras for catering the meal, and Bright Star Janitorial for janitorial services. These businesses made this event possible and much less work for the volunteer group.

If you have a donation, would like to volunteer, or need more information please contact the following:
~Peter Captain, Jr. (Coordinator) at 799-2860
~Patty Green at 460-7233
~Anna Frank at 460-7238
~Robin Renfroe at 978-0202.

Thanks for your support in advance. Please pass onto your email contacts, post on all my family websites, print the attachment off and post in your work places or businesses and anything else you can do to help get the word out to the entire Fairbanks, North Pole, Fox, Ester, ALL communities. Let's make this HUGE !!!



On Saturday, May 9th, a group from the Tok Lion's caravanned to Eagle with two pickup trucks and a 26' Uhaul to provide humanitarian aid. Supplies were donated by Lions from all over the Interior, and close to $20,000 ($10,000 from Lion's International) in food, clothing and gasoline was delivered. The following is the report sent back to the Lions International on the result of the funds that they donated to Eagle.

Sent May 14th, 2009
"These past few days of the Eagle flood have been eventful, and have made all of us, more than ever, proud to be Lions. This event has made us even more aware of the important role that the Lion's have all over Alaska.

Even as the waters were still subsiding from the devastating flood in Eagle, Lions across District 49B were gearing up to lend assistance. Funding, supplies and time were donated, as the Lions prepared to head North to the Yukon River. With the help of the Lions Club International Foundation Disaster Grant , Tok & North Pole Lions began to coordinate an initial drive for humanitarian support for the victims in Eagle, Alaska, many of whom had lost everything. Lions Clubs from Barrow to Fairbanks donated additional funds to purchase the items that were not allowed to be purchased with the Disaster Grant from LCIF.

During and immediately following the flood, using local contacts in Eagle, and in coordination with FEMA and Homeland Security personal, a list of things that were needed was put together. The North Pole Lions opened their Aurora Borealis Eyeglass Recycling Center on Friday providing a place for Lions Club members to drop off items that would be sent to Eagle.

At 4am on Friday, May 8th, Tok Lions Al and Dodie drove to Fairbanks and picked up the 26 foot Uhaul Van donated by the North Pole Lions. Midnight Sun Lions purchased a freezer and filled it with meats and frozen vegetables, while Lion Al (Tok) and Lions Dodie (NP) shopped the entire day on Friday filing the list that had been given to the Lions, members from the Eielson Air Force Base donated numerous items, Bureau of Land Management donated blankets and water containers, Cold Spot Feeds donated 300 pounds of dog and cat food. Other items on the list were purchased. Items that were not eligible via the LCIF grant were purchased using other funds donated by district Lions.

Saturday morning Tok Lions drivers meet at Three Bears grocery to load more items, and by 8 a.m. we had two pick-ups loaded with another freezer, 150 gallons of unleaded gas and dog food, and were headed to Eagle. Tok businesses that helped with donations: Three Bears, Tok Mini Mart, Northern Energy, Burnham Construction, Young’s Chevron & Polar Equipment.

The road to Eagle was passable, but very rough. Much of it was single lane, with a lot of erosion and sloughing off, and there were plenty of places that were soft between Chicken and Eagle. Because of the heavy load we consumed more fuel than we expected, but after 5 hours of rough road, pulled into Bo's gas station and topped off the Uhaul. Then we drove to the school, which is the command center for the disaster, and unloaded the freezers and supplies into the School. The Lions got the stove and new freezer wired and hooked up, and using a hand pump filled four wheelers and five gallon jugs for thankful residents. When all this was done, and after a short tour of the damage done to the homes and businesses in town, the Lions turned around and headed back to Tok, making for a long couple of days, but with the satisfied feeling that come only come from being able to help those who are in need.

It should be clear that the need will continue throughout this summer, as the residents of Eagle work together to rebuild their homes and lives. The fast assistance that we received from Lion's International for those residents in such short order from LCIF was critical to help the residents of Eagle get back on their feet.


HELPFUL DONATION INFO
Sharing some info that I got in an email this morning
mary morris - Eagle

Hi Folks,

I want to provide some pertinent info about donations coming into Eagle...we are receiving donations that are inappropriate to our needs and these items are taking up valuable space as we await a method of transporting them back to Tok or Fairbanks. Therefore it is pertinent that we recieve only useful and appropriate donations. Here is a list of needs. PLEASE pass this info on to all those you are in contact with as well as radio stations & news media.

Please pass on the word that only the following gently used and clean clothing items should be donated:
bush appropriate clothing ~
jeans, work shirts, t- shirts, under ware, socks
Hiking Boots/work boots, rubber boots especially mens sizes 9-12
Tennis shoes
Work gloves
heavy duty rubber gloves (for clean - up) - those used during fishing season are great!
Rain Gear

We need tools:
Pry bars
hammers
axes
saws
chainsaws & accessories
tape measures
squares
levels
screw guns
hack saws
sawzals

We also cannot keep enough of the following on hand:
Paper towels
bleach
hand sanitizer
toilet paper

In addition these items will be needed LATER in the season:
gift cards to Cabela's & Big Rays (I am currently working on getting donations and discounts from these companies)
long johns
heavy winter socks
arctic gear
furniture & household goods

For those of you who would like to mail items...please send to:
Cindy Gowins c/o Eagle Distribution Center Eagle Alaska, 99738
You can also call the Distribution Center (Eagle School) and ask for myself or Cindy at 907.547.2210 if you have any questions.

I want to thank everyone for their support!!!! Cassy Wilkin


EVENT IN CHICKEN TO HELP EAGLE
This was shared with me today and I wanted to pass it along via the wiki.
mary morris - Eagle


Hello Neighbors!
I am writing you 6 because you were the only email addresses that I could find between my dads address book and mine.

I just wanted to let you know what I am going to do, and I don't know who I should be in direct contact with regarding it if anyone?

In light of the events a week ago, I would like to contribute to the "Rebuild Eagle Project". Chickenstock Music Festival would like to
contribute that is. I have decided to have a portion of proceeds go directly to the "Rebuild Eagle" Project. It won't be much, we are still a
relatively small event, but something like food proceeds or a portion of ticket proceeds after bands have been paid, just a little support from your
neighbors!

I will have posters printed in the next week or so with this statement on them. I will send some up to Eagle to hang around town as well as Tok,
Fairbanks and Anchorage and in between. The event doesn't usually draw huge crowds, but I can certainly come up with some funds to contribute from it.

I just wanted to let you know. If you wouldn't mind passing the word around town....it would be great to see Eagle residents up for Chickenstock this
year if you can get away in between all of the rebuilding.

Chickenstock will be June 12th (7pm) and 13th(12noon) this year. The website has been updated: www.chickenstockmusicfestival.com

Don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Josea

6TH GRADE OF TOK RAISE $94 FOR EAGLE
The 6th grade of Tok School sold Otter Pops this week to benefit Eagle. They earned $94, and I deposited it into the Eagle account at the Denali State Bank yesterday (5/13/09).
Kathy Cramer

EAGLE UPDATE: The State is assisting and providing a midlevel provider, who will work closely with our health aides. TCC behavioral health staff is scheduled to arrive in Eagle today. DOT is putting in a temporary road between old and new village; last we heard is that this road should be in by Thursday We are working with other TCC departments and a multitude of agencies locally and through the Unified Emergency Response Command Center in Anchorage to get the needs of the evacuees and of the people who stayed behind taken care off. We'll keep you all posted. Jacoline

SEMI GOES TO EAGLE Mark Helmer has indicated that Jack Turk is taking a semi with equipment for AP & T to Eagle tomorrow , Wednesday . Mark said that there will be extra room for things. You can contact Mark at 883-2330. Mark thought the truck would be leaving sometime mid-morning . Paul

FREEZER & FRIDGE SPACE PREMIUM I passed the wikispace address on to several folks and received thanks from some for that. I created an account at the wikispace but can't figure out how to post a message there. I just had a short note to share that refrigerator and freezer space is at a premium here right now. So if folks are planning on sending or bringing perishables they would be best to bring them in coolers. Mary

EAGLE PHOTOS FROM ADN http://www.adn.com/news/environment/flooding/v-gallery/story/784989.html?/1521/v-section_front/gallery/783393-a788818-t3.html RIDE NEEDED FOR TANACROSS DONATIONS If anyone is going, I still have many interested tribal members in the village who would like to donate items for the community. Please feel free to let me know. THanks and have a good weekend. Dawn Tanacross Village Council (907) 883-5024

SATURDAY LOAD HEADED FOR EAGLE I am planning on going to Eagle around 2pm today. I have a trailer I am taking that will just have an atv on. It is a large double axle, 16 foot long. The don't think the brakes work on it but I have room for something light yet bulky. I may have a some space inside my Suburban also. Also, do you know the condition of the trail that leads to Eagle Village? I have a cabin I would like to get to in the New Village at the end of the road. Thank you, Robin

STUDENTS HEADING TO EAGLE TO HELP Karla and I are going to try and get a group of students to go to Eagle to help with the clean up. Just wanted to let you know. Thanks, Pam

FIRST HAND REPORT OF EAGLE DISASTER It was crazy yesturday in Eagle. Herbie drove down there with me. I have some photos of the situation, it is unbelievable. Donna will post them today for me. That was something that I have never seen before. I was extactic. THe people appreciated greatly for what they have gotten from tanacross people and I am glad for them too. I was sad the whole time I was there because some people lost EVERYTHING. Fuel tanks were ripped out of station and the diesel was sprayed all over the place. Ice bergs as big as this house were place on top of some homes, it was nuts. Donna didn't get to see her mother because the road to the new village was blocked with ice bergs and power & phone lines were tore up and it was just sad. Really SAD Sarah Palin was there and have declared an emergency. I am going to chat with the Union because clean up is going to be taking place.

ANOTHER PICK UP HEADED TO EAGLE FRIDAY Sharron Eddy is heading to Eagle tonight with a pick up load and small trailer. This load was being hauled to Eagle by another person yesterday when they hit a moose close to Tok. When it was determined that the injured pick-up wouldn't make Sharron quickly volunteered to go. An annyanmous donor provided fuel for her trip.

UPDATE FROM SGT. WELLS I drove into Eagle early yesterday morning; took care of some business and made it back late last night. It was a very good visit. I visited with members at the school. I spoke with Jerry Isaac and other members from TCC, National Park Service, State Emergency Coordination Center and DOT. Downed power poles, power lines, large icebergs and ice chunks are blocking travel into Eagle Village, but it was good to see that all of the water had moved out. Plans are underway to get the road cleared. I hiked through the woods into the village with VPSO Beaucage and visited with village members who lost their homes. It should be noted that some people are staying at the Eagle School for shelter and another group from Eagle Village have set up camp close to the homes they lost with tents and tarps. The two locations are approximately four miles apart. A couple of members of the village have been transferring food and supplies over to the village by four wheeler from TCC. The town and village members wanted me to tell everyone thanks for the overwhelming support and prayers. Stay safe, Sergeant Freddie Wells Alaska State Troopers

FROM SARAH PALIN FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 09-108 Governor Palin Surveys Flood Damage in Interior May 7, 2009, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sarah Palin traveled to the Interior today to survey areas ravaged by the worst ice jam flooding in decades. The governor was joined by Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director John Madden. Weather permitting, the governor will meet with village leaders at Fort Yukon, and fly over Eagle and Circle. On Wednesday, Governor Palin declared a disaster for the flooding event in the Interior of Alaska, including the drainages of the Yukon, Kuskokwim and Kobuk rivers. The disaster declaration will allow greater coordination among state agencies and provide easier access to state disaster relief funds. The declaration will also pave the way for receipt of federal funds from a possible federal disaster declaration. The State Emergency Coordination Center Preparedness Level has been increased to Level 4: The center’s operations occur in response to a major life-threatening or property-damaging event. Given the severity of the flooding, Governor Palin has decided not to attend several events scheduled on the East Coast. “Alaska is experiencing the worst ice jam flooding in recent history,” Governor Palin said. “I am committed to do everything I can to help this region recover quickly. I appreciate the efforts of the Division of Homeland Security getting the necessary supplies to those in need.” Governor Palin had planned to travel to New York City this week to promote Alaska’s Global Food Aid Program. The event promotes the use of Alaska seafood products to help feed millions of hungry people around the world. First Gentleman Todd Palin will attend in the governor’s place. Governor Palin was also invited to attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The First Gentleman will attend that event as well. Governor Palin also postponed numerous state meetings planned in Washington, D.C., including a scheduled gasline meeting. A copy of the disaster declaration can be found at: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/pdf/FloodingDisasterDec_May7-2009.pdf

Shyanne Beatty We have donations coming in all over from Anchorage and we heard of specific needs. We will be getting a crew together this weekend to sort through all donations and inventory and box them up. We have been offered by a few agencies to deliver these supplies. I have heaters, clothes, toiletries, sleeping bags, towels, rubber boots, rain jackets and etc. We were the headline news on Channel 2, Wednesday evening and had a huge response the first day. We were the second story on Channel 11 news last night and people are constantly calling to ask what to donate. As of right now I was informed that people would like temporary lights and batteries, AM/FM radios, bug dope, phone cards, wash basins, towels, toiletries, socks and undergarments, which we have a lot of. I have directed people who would like to give donations to the Denali account. If anyone needs to reach me than can reach me at 748-8804. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Eagle. Love, Shyanne Beatty Tok Lions will go to Eagle on Saturday Posted 12:15 pm Friday, May 8th 2009 Tok Lions have written and received a $10,000 grant from Lions International that is intended to help Eagle with immediate needs. Another $3500 was donated by the Multi-District office that has more latitude. A list of needed items was worked out last night with Eagle contacts and FEMA. The Lions, with assistance from others are filing the list today. Saturday, 5/9/09 @ 8:00 a.m. a 26’ U-haul truck and two pickups (maybe one trailer) are heading for Eagle. One pickup has a 150 gallon tank full of unleaded gas along with a freezer; another truck is full of dog food and cat food donated from Cold Spot Feeds in Fairbanks. Eielson Air Force Base residents are also helping and making lots of donations, these vehicles will be stuffed. There is so many extra items besides the list I can’t even begin to list it all. If anything needs to go up, please contact Lion Lisa or Lion Scott, of the Tok Lions. If all goes well Eagle should expect us no later than 1 p.m. tomorrow. Scott MacManus

FORRESTY SENDS SLEEPING BAGS I got word late Thursday that a load of sleeping bags was heading up to Eagle, donated by our local forestry office. Thanks Jeff!

SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT - TODD POAGE HAULS ANOTHER LOAD TO EAGLE Late Thursday afternoon, Todd Poage came by the Visitor's Center to get another load to haul to the folks in Eagle. Items included some food, clothing, bedding, jackets, boots, and other miscellaneous items. He is leaving about 7am on Friday. OFFER OF WATER STORAGE TANK Re: Potable water. I have that very large potable water tank sitting next to A&J. If anyone has a truck or trailer long enough to haul it, they could carry it to Eagle. I believe it is 10 or 15,000 gallons, perhaps more. Sally

NEWS FROM DAILY NEWS MINER Inundated air services puts Eagle donations on hold FAIRBANKS — The response from Fairbanks residents for donations to flood victims in the village of Eagle was so overwhelming that Everts Air Alaska asked that people hold off donations until further notice. As of Wednesday afternoon, Everts had received more than 7,000 pounds of donations. “It’s been unbelievable,” Everts director of operations Ken Leary said. “People have come over and donated all kinds of stuff — bottled water, food, clothes, boots, toiletries, baby formula.” Everts was not able to fly to Eagle on Wednesday to deliver the items because of weather but is hoping to make it into the village today, Leary said. “Once we can get this stuff moved over there, we can find out what else they need and let people know,” Leary said. The Red Cross in Fairbanks is continuing to take donations for flood victims in Eagle and other locations around the state. The key needs are toiletry items such as toothbrushes, soap, shampoo and other items which can go into “comfort kits,” American Red Cross spokesman Butch Stein said.

DRIVER READY TO ROLL We have a driver ready to take the next load to Eagle as soon as we get enough to fill the load.

TANACROSS VILLAGE COUNCIL SENDS MEAT AND GOODIES: I am making a trip up to Eagle with Meat, and goodies that tribal members have donated. I will leave this morning Just letting you know that Charlie David donated 1/2 of caribou and some moose meat, too, that Herbie and Dawn have it in their truck! Tanacross Village Council PO BOX 76009 Tanacross, Alaska 99776 (907) 883-5024 TED CHARLES FROM TANANA CHIEFS Is taking a charter from Fairbanks to Eagle with supplies today (Thursday). If we get a large enough load in Tok to take up they may come by to pick it up. Ted's phone 452-8251 ext. 3007 ted.charles@tananachiefs.org

WORK CREW: People are calling to help with a work crew. At this time Eagle hasn't been ready for man power. To get on the list contact John at john@rusyniak.com

NEWS FROM PAUL KELLY AFTER HIS RETURN FROM EAGLE WEDNESDAY: The trip went well with no flats and definitely no dust. The Eagle people were very very appreciative and we were thanked many times. I tried to mention all who contributed and hope I didn't forget anyone. It was mentioned that this catastrophe has brought the community together. The supplies were off-loaded into the school gym and as we left they were beginning to sort and catalog. Francine sent a pickup load leaving about 4:00 pm. Francine, if the pickup was a small one with a shell, we saw it about Mile 38 at 6:45 pm. As far as what else to do I'm not sure. I would suggest to wait a couple or three days to see if a state or federal agency responds. We didn't pass any large trucks heading north. There was one truck with a potable water container and a flatbed with about a 1000 gallon fuel tank. No one appears to be in immediate danger. We should probably continue to check in with them morning and evening to see if the situation has worsened or they are in dire need of something. Just a suggestion as it was a little hard to get a handle on things. Once the water goes down then the damage can be assessed and the real work begins. The bank account sounds good although it was mentioned that sharing the money with those in need will be a challenge. Paul KTUU NEWS - (video included) http://www.ktuu.com/Global/story.asp?S=10318639 Thanks to all of you who have shared information about the situation in Eagle. Some updates:

UPDATE FROM PAUL KELLY WHO IS IN EAGLE RIGHT NOW: Hang tight for 24 hours We're waiting on agencies so efforts aren't duplicated Maybe save our resources a little later They seem to be doing better than we hear on the news No word of any FEMA in Eagle that anyone there knows of

NEWS FROM VARIOUS OTHER SOURCES: The Bank account is now set up at Denali - it's called Eagle Disaster Account Paul Kelly took a load of clothing, diapers, etc. this morning Tok Chamber of Commerce is offering the Log Visitor Center building as a collection center for supplies and donations that need to go to Eagle I got a call after I sent the email this morning saying they need underwear, socks, t-shirts, sweat pants and daily clothes like that. If you know anyone in town who could pick up especially the undergarments please let me know - I'll find a donor to cover the costs. Also Paul Kelly should have a better idea on sizes when he calls in later. Tok Lions Club is working on sending them $10,000 Francine Lee is working on food items and paper supplies Forestry is sending in more coffee, fuel and other items Denali Pipeline Co is willing to help when we organize a work crew

EMAIL MESSAGE FROM MARY MORRIS IN EAGLE: ....While the various agencies and their employees do what they can for this disaster, it can start to become a conversation among bureaucrats. The voices of the individuals affected and those helping need to be heard above all else in that conversation. I know may folks in Tok and Fairbanks have strong ties to our community, that encompasses Eagle City and Eagle Village. I'm certain they feel a strong desire to help as they can. With people ..... offering to organize that goodwill we are indeed better off. Thank you all. mary morris P.O. Box 99 Eagle, AK 99738 907-547-2305

EMAIL INFO FROM AST - SGT WELLS Alaska State Troopers flew into Eagle yesterday with personnel from the Emergency Operation Center and the Homeland Security Office to offer resources and assist the National Park Service. Eagle is certainly a disaster area to say the least. The National Park Service has established an incident command post in their office in Eagle (547-2233 Pat Hughes). There are approximately 30 families that have been displaced and several homes lost. Yesterday the National Park Service (NPS) rescued a few family members from the roof of their houses. The Village Public Safety Office is flooded. The community has currently set up a shelter at the Eagle School (547-2310 Ann Millard). They have water from the state building there in Eagle. The U.S. Coast Guard, Red Cross, FEMA, SECC, and several other emergency resource agencies are in the loop and providing resources. It is great to hear that we are providing local assistance, which I am sure will be welcomed and solidify our communities close bonds. I will drive to Eagle tomorrow. Thank you, Sergeant Freddie Wells

FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME TO SEE HOW YOU CAN HELP OR SHARE John A. Rusyniak PO Box 122 Tok, Alaska 99780 907-883-3124 Home 206-724-4591 Cell 305-425-7901 Fax
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