Climate change has finally caught up to this Alaska village, Photograph by Katie Orlinsky, National Geographic,, thawing the frozen ground that sits below the surface. The state has just had its warmest spring on record, causing permafrost to thaw and dramatically reshaping some areas, Last modified on Fri 14 Jun 2019 14.38 BST. A 70-year-old came out of retirement to teach nursing. 2019 was the warmest year on record in this Georgia tourist spot. His cars are frozen in the water. During breaks in the high winds and heavy rains that lashed the Yukon Delta last week, 18 families made the move and began unpacking belongings in their newly built energy-efficient homes. In exchange, Newtok eventually will relinquish its lands to the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. “They will not make it across safely.”. The United States had 14 major weather disasters last year, with a toll of at least 44 dead and a price tag of $45 billion, according to federal officials. Help came from the many local agencies in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. There is also a growing wildfire threat putting communities at risk. Fortunately, the jam broken quickly and the water receded. Almost every building in town had some water damage. © Alaska Public Media 2020. Late Saturday night, an ice jam caused water to rise. The erosion, which occurred late last month, stripped away the riverbank for the entire length of Akiak, which has a population of around 340. In the process they have become some of North America's earliest climate change transplants. ▪ Missouri River and North Central Flooding, March 2019: “Historic Midwest flooding inundated millions of acres of agriculture, numerous cities and towns, and caused widespread damage to roads, bridges, levees, and dams. Matanuska-Susitna Borough Director of Emergency Services Ken Barkley says, as of Sunday afternoon, the flooding has directly impacted some homes, and others may be at risk. All rights reserved. The water level has come up in their yards or around their vehicles, but not into the homes.”. Willow Creek ice jam near the Deneki Bridge on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. Newtok is the first community in Alaska that has already begun relocation as a result of climate change, pioneering a process that many other Alaskan villages may soon be forced to undergo. Of note, the Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska was also severely flooded the third U.S. military base to be damaged by a billion-dollar disaster event over a 6-month period (Sept 2018-Feb 2019). Jennipher Jenner Thunderstorms produced record rainfall in Palmer Monday afternoon causing flash flooding and forcing closures of roads and businesses. The Mat-Su Animal care facility will house pets during the emergency. The American Red Cross shelter at the Willow Community Center remains open to those unable to remain in their homes, according to a Monday press release from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Noel said that any Healy residents or business-owners who have experienced impacts from the floods should contact the borough at 907-683-1330. “It’s a real challenge because in the US there isn’t the precedence to deal with this and there isn’t the political framework to deal with it either,” said Natali. ▪ Central Severe Weather, May 2019: “Central severe storms across the Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Texas damaged many homes, businesses and vehicles.” Cost: $1 billion. How hot was it? Dorian tracked offshore parallel to the Florida, Georgia and South Carolina coastline before making a North Carolina landfall, bringing a destructive sound-side surge that inundated many coastal properties and isolated residents who did not evacuate. Update, 5 p.m. Monday: On Monday, first responders loaded residents who chose to stay in their homes onto boats and a hybrid floating vehicle to cross Willow Creek so they could stock up on groceries, fuel and necessities, Matanuska-Susitna Emergency Services director Ken Barkley said. Areas of the Southeast Alaska city “received between 3 and 7 inches of rain” in 24 hours over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. This is the 3rd time past 21 years we can say" warmest spring of record". “The severity and magnitude of the flooding emergency is beyond the timely and effective response capability of the local resources,” the declaration states. Very high water levels also disrupted barge traffic along the Mississippi River, which negatively impacted a variety of dependent industries. These severe storms also delivered damaging hail and high wind damage that was widespread across many Southern and and Eastern states.” Cost: $1.3 billion and seven people died. Barkley said he expects the Deneki bridge to remain closed throughout the week. Tess Williams is a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, focusing on breaking news. The total number of people displaced is unclear, Barkley said, because some people left the area without assistance. This storm system produced heavy rain that caused major flooding along parts of the Ohio, Mississippi and Tennessee rivers.” Cost: $1.3 billion and two people died. This should be the number one urgent conversation happening right now because it’s not just going to be Alaska, it’s going to be other communities all over the US,” Natali added.