| Frank H. Murkowski |
| STATE OF ALASKA |
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
| August 15, 2003 |
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 212
I, Frank H. Murkowski, Governor
of the State of Alaska, make the following findings:
- During the period July 14, 2003, through August 3, 2003, in interior Alaska including
portions of the Denali, Matanuska-Susitna and Fairbanks North Star Boroughs, unseasonably
heavy rains resulted in localized flooding. The Department of Transportation and Public
Facilities (DOT&PF) confirmed flooding and damage to state roads on the Parks Highway at
Carlo Creek and Honolulu Creek, Elliot Highway at Milepost (MP) 26 in the Tolovana area,
Copper River Highway at MP 35.9 (DOT&PF bridge no. 339) in the Cordova area, and Chena
Hot Springs Road MP 37.5 and 20.1.
- The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Division of Emergency Services (DES)
and DOT&PF performed a threat and damage assessment and resolution determination.
This assessment found key road and highway infrastructure damage occurred in the flood
area. DOT&PF determined that no emergency funding or operational funds are available
for the repairs. If the essential infrastructure is not quickly repaired, serious threats to life,
public health, and public safety will continue. Therefore, it is appropriate that disaster relief
funds be made available to contribute to the DOT&PF’s restoration of essential infrastructure.
- Based on information from the joint DES and DOT&PF assessment and from the Disaster
Policy Cabinet, I have determined that this incident poses a direct and imminent threat of
sufficient magnitude and severity to justify state action.
- I find it appropriate that money from the Disaster Relief Fund (AS 26.23.300), be
expended to cover the costs incurred by DOT&PF in response to this incident.
Under the authority of article III, section 1 of the Alaska Constitution and AS 26.23.020(h)
and AS 26.23.300(b), I, Frank H. Murkowski, Governor of the State of Alaska, hereby order
Consistent with AS 26.23.010 - AS 26.23.220 (Alaska Disaster Act) and AS 26.23.300(b),
expenditures be made from the Disaster Relief Fund to supplement funds from other available
sources to repair and replace roads and bridges on the Parks Highway at Carlo Creek and
Honolulu Creek, Elliot Highway at MP 26 in the Tolovana area, Copper River Highway at
MP 35.9 (DOT&PF bridge no. 339) in the Cordova area, and Chena Hot Springs Road
MP 37.5 and 20.1. The amount of these expenditures is not to exceed $500,000 including
This Order takes effect immediately.
Dated at Juneau, Alaska this 15th day of August, 2003.
/s/Frank H. Murkowski