After a storm-battered western Alaska causing widespread flooding in several communities, officials are assessing the damage Sunday from one of the strongest storms to hit the state in decades.

Remnants of Typhoon Merbok brought on the worst storm in the state’s recent history but waned Sunday as it moved up towards the northwest, according to the National Weather Service. As the storm settles in the Chukchi Sea and floodwaters were receding  in some parts of western Alaska, smaller communities on the northwest coast remain under a coastal flood advisory until Monday.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy declared a state of disaster Saturday. At least five communities — Hooper Bay, Scammon Bay, Golovin, Newtok and Nome  —  have been impacted as of Sunday due to high water levels. Initial damage reports have shown erosion, electrical issues and power outages, according to Dunleavy. 

The storm and flooding affected nearly 1,000 miles of the Alaska coastline, damaging roads and other infrastructure. Homes were seen to have moved off their foundations and one house in Nome floated down a river until it got caught at a bridge.

The state is expecting a freeze-up in about three weeks and state officials and federal agencies, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, are working to expedite recovery efforts for communities, Dunleavy said during a news conference Sunday afternoon.

“We’re gonna move as quickly as possible and we’ll be focusing on the communities that have really received damage and really need the help the most,” said Dunleavy.  “Wherever there is help that is needed. We’ll be getting that help there as soon as possible.”

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