GVEA shares warehouse space to assist with flood relief efforts

Recently, our cooperative answered an appeal for warehouse space in the Fairbanks area. Meera Kohler, President and CEO of the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, noticed the appeal on Facebook and brought it to the attention of our CEO, Cory Borgeson.

The warehouse space is being used to store clothing and household items for residents of Galena and Circle. Both communities were hit hard by the Yukon River floods.

Becky Derendoff, volunteer donation coordinator, and Mack Wiehl, GVEA facilities maintenance technician, arrange donations.

Becky Derendoff, volunteer donation coordinator, and Mack Wiehl, GVEA facilities maintenance technician, arrange donations.

“We wanted to help and, luckily, we had vacant warehouse space available in the building adjacent to our BESS (Battery Energy Storage System),” said Cory. “We’ve provided them with space free of charge through September 30.”

According to Becky Derendoff, volunteer donation coordinator, the majority of Galena residents are still homeless. “And if they’ve gone home, they’re living in tents,” she said.
Many of the heads of households returned to Galena last week to assess their property damage. “They are in the recovery stage, which is good,” said Becky, “but they still have a long way to go.”

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