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Erosion causes overnight loss of buildings on Alaska river

AKIAK, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska city has lost buildings overnight due to erosion along the banks of its river.

KYUK-AM reported Wednesday that residents of Akiak woke Monday to find that smokehouses built along the Kuskokwim River had fallen into the water along with stretches of the riverbank in southwest Alaska.

The city administrator says the community 42 miles (66 kilometers) northeast of Bethel lost between 75 and 100 feet (23 and 30 meters) of the riverbank.

The official says there are now homes in “imminent danger” from the erosion. One home is within 15 feet (5 meters) of the river.

The city has contacted the state for financial and technical assistance and, in the short term, plans to stabilize the riverbank by using metal poles and a tarp.

Information from: KYUK-AM, http://www.kyuk.org

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