State gets $5 mil­lion for road re­pairs fol­low­ing earth­quake

Greenwich Time (Sunday) - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

The fed­eral trans­porta­tion depart­ment is re­leas­ing $5 mil­lion in emer­gency re­lief funds to help road and bridge re­pairs in Alaska fol­low­ing Fri­day's mag­ni­tude 7.0 earth­quake.

The Fed­eral High­way Com­mis­sion re­leased the funds Satur­day af­ter it said it re­ceived a re­quest from Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and the state trans­porta­tion com­mis­sioner, Marc Luiken.

The Glenn High­way re­ceived dam­age in sev­eral ar­eas north of An­chor­age. The Se­ward High­way south of An­chor­age has seen sev­eral rock slides from the quake and af­ter­shocks. An on-ramp to a ma­jor An­chor­age road­way also was dam­aged.

The $5 mil­lion is es­sen­tially seen as a down-pay­ment to help fund short­term re­pairs while as­sess­ments for long-term re­pairs are made.

At one time, power was out to nearly 50,000 res­i­dents be­cause of the quake. But An­chor­age Mu­nic­i­pal Man­ager Bill Falsey said at a news con­fer­ence Satur­day that power has been re­stored to all but about a dozen res­i­dents.

The gas com­pany is in­ves­ti­gat­ing about 650 re­ports of leaks, a num­ber that has risen Satur­day as peo­ple re­turn to of­fice build­ings to check on dam­age.

Po­lice said there was no loot­ing in the af­ter­math of the quake. And fire of­fi­cials warned peo­ple to be care­ful as high winds ex­pected later Satur­day could send un­se­cured de­bris fly­ing.

Strong af­ter­shocks con­tin­ued Satur­day around An­chor­age, jolt­ing peo­ple awake and pum­mel­ing al­ready frayed nerves.

The U.S. Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey says there have been 545 af­ter­shocks, in­clud­ing a 5.7 mag­ni­tude shaker that fol­lowed Fri­day's big quake al­most im­me­di­ately.

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