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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 16:35

Anchorage Alaska is Swamped With Requests for Earthquake Damage Inspections

(TNS) - Some 1,200 properties in the Anchorage area are awaiting public earthquake damage inspections, more than a month after the powerful quake shook Southcentral Alaska, city officials say.

The mounting backlog has overwhelmed Anchorage’s building department, and comes as a deadline approaches for disaster aid. Jan. 29 is the last day to apply for a state individual assistance grant at ready.alaska.gov. Grants could provide up to $17,450 to cover damage that affects a person’s ability to live in the home.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has also requested federal aid, a monthslong process that could open up more money for repairs.

A building inspection is not a prerequisite to apply for state or federal aid, officials stressed. In fact, even if the extent of damage to a building isn’t confirmed, don’t wait to start an application, said Jeremy Zidek, spokesman for the state’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. New applications will not be accepted after Jan. 29, Zidek said.