ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Savoonga is seeking disaster help from the state after a storm caused a power outage that contributed to damage to water systems.
On December 27th ocean salt spray coated the electric equipment, knocking out the power to about 30 homes, affecting more than 100 people.
The request asks the governor to declare a state disaster emergency and provide disaster assistance to the city for emergency response and disaster recovery.
The loss of power also led to frozen and broken water pipes in some homes.
Meera Kohler with the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative says this storm is unprecedented.
"We don't know we've never had this sort of salt build up in the winter I think its building up more in the winter because you have freezing salt spray thats being thats been blown onto equipment."