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Western coastal villages without water following storm in Alaska

Nov. 12, 2013 at 10:51 AM

KOTLIK, Alaska, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Residents of Alaska's western coastal villages are assessing damage after a severe storm that destroyed water lines in Kotlik and Unalakleet, officials said.

Kotlik, home to about 600 people in the Yukon River Delta, experienced the most damage from the weekend storm, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Seawater and ice destroyed the sewer and water lines, and at least five homes were damaged.

The storm destroyed the five-mile water pipe in Unalakleet. Damage was also reported in many other villages, including Shaktoolik and Golovin.

No injuries have been reported, the Daily News reported.

Many residents left their homes on Monday and took shelter at rescue centers.The Kotlik School will be closed until at least Wednesday, officials said.

Kotlik's fresh water supply is expected to run out in five days, but a state official said a water purification device will be sent to the town until the plant is up and running.

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