Quiet in Nome
The community emerges to help pick up the pieces after Western Alaska's monster storm.
The storm may have died down but now the clean up process is in full swing. Nome public work crews started cleaning the streets Thursday at 6 a.m. Quite a few businesses on Front Street reported basement flooding. "We dodged a bullet," said Nome's Incident Commander Chip Leeper.
All utilities are back online. The emergency shelter in Nome is now empty as residents have been able to return to their homes. It's a similar story in Kivalina. A three-word Facebook post Thursday morning said it all: "Kivalina still stands."
In Washington, D.C., Sen. Mark Begich appeared on The Weather Channel. When asked how large the storm really was, he replied, "This storm, if it was on the west coast, is the equivalent of reaching from Mexico to Washington state."
Begich said he's been in constant contact with residents along Alaska's west coast. "We're watching it carefully here and, if necessary, we'll go back to see the damage."