Friday, February 19, 2021

USCG Cutter Hickory Makes Emergency Water Deliveries to Alaska

When Angoon, Alaska, residents were dealing with waterline failures, crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory came to their aid with four pallets of water to the remote community of 400 residents Sunday evening.

Crew members of the 225-foot sea-going buoy tender based in Homer, Alaska, loaded and delivered close to 7,000 bottles of water after Coast Guard District 17 Command Center got a call from the Alaska Emergency Operations Center for help on the water delivery. About one-third of Angoon was without water, while the remaining residents had to boil water before consuming it, the USCG said.

“There was no water available at the local store and commercial services are not available to deliver water until late next week,” the agency said. “The waterline failures are expected to last for a couple of weeks.”

Besides the pallet delivery, the crew also had about 8,000 gallons of potable water on the vessel that could be given to residents if necessary, the agency said.