Cracks in the road at Mile 19 of the Kenai Spur Highway can be seen after the Nov. 30, 2018, earthquake. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Cracks in the road at Mile 19 of the Kenai Spur Highway can be seen after the Nov. 30, 2018, earthquake. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough to get earthquake damage funds from state

The state will reimburse earthquake repairs at Hope School and Nikiski Middle/High School.

The state is sending money to the Kenai Peninsula Borough to reimburse repairs at Hope School and Nikiski Middle/High School following the Nov. 30, 2018 7.1 magnitude earthquake.

The ordinance appropriating the $19,617 in grant money from the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is being introduced at Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

The Nov. 30 earthquake, with an epicenter just north of Anchorage, impacted the entire Southcentral region, including the Kenai Peninsula, which suffered some infrastructure damage from the quake.

Following the earthquake, the borough assembly appropriated $450,000 from the general fund to respond to disaster repairs. A federal disaster was declared after the earthquake, making documented damages in the Kenai Peninsula Borough eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency and State Public Assistance funds.

The borough has submitted eight project applications through FEMA. One project to replace ceiling tiles at Tebughna School in Tyonek has already been reimbursed.

Repair costs at Hope School amount to $15,643.43. At Nikiski Middle/High School the repair costs are $3,974.29.

The nature of the repairs are not included in the ordinance or in any of the accompanying documents.

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