Palin Declares Disaster Area for Interior Flooding in Alaska

Gov. Sarah Palin has issued a disaster declaration for areas of Interior Alaska affected by flooding.

The declaration issued Wednesday includes the drainages of the Yukon, Kuskokwim, Kobus and Susitna rivers.

It allows greater coordination between state agencies. It also will provide easier access to state disaster relief funds and receipt of federal funds if there is a federal disaster declaration.

Palin says a formal written declaration will be issued when spring flooding is over and ice is free from rivers. That way, the total number of people affected and the total damages can be assessed by state and local governments.