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Shaktoolik storms reshape the shore

By KTVA CBS 11 News 12:52 PM November 20, 2013

Photos by Gloria Andrew

SHAKTOOLIK – In 2011, Gloria Andrew watched the waves push a surge of ice across the Shaktoolik shoreline, breaking against the driftwood wall that protected the town from the surf.

Two years later, she watched the same ocean scatter the driftwood wall across the beach, eroding swaths of land and dousing the homes and buildings along the shoreline. She said the damage in 2013 was worse than it was two years ago: AfterGov. Sean Parnell declared a state disaster in Western Alaska communities, Andrew photographed the path of the latest storm through Shaktoolik.

The town on the edge of the Bering Sea is home to about 250 Alaskans.

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