Galena residents plan return to flooded city

Jun 07, 2013 -- 8:00am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The evacuated residents of Galena who took refuge in Anchorage could start heading home next week. The Anchorage Daily News reports community leaders are working with the state on a plan to begin flying people back. City officials warn, though, that the community is not safe for children and the return of everyone could take weeks. An ice jam on the Yukon River caused water to back up into the community May 27. State Emergency Management Division deputy director Michael O'Hare says 180 homes are estimated to be damaged in varying degrees. About 20 evacuees gathered Thursday at a Red Cross office in Anchorage and were told they can start applying Monday for state disaster relief aid.

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