$10 million in damages to Utqiagvik in record storm

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A storm that hit the north slope late last month inflicted $10 million dollars in damage to Utqiagvik, the town formerly known as Barrow.

Huge waves and wind gusts over 45 miles per hour damaged personal property and community infrastructure alike.
The storm also eroded roads, including a beach road that leads to a lagoon used as a backup whaling site.
North Slope Borough Spokesman, David Fauske (*Fow-skee), says that the borough is planning on paying for repairs.
There are no plans at this time to seek a federal disaster declaration.
Other coastal communities in the region are still being assessed for damages.
**AP (AH)