Prepared on behalf of the Native Village of Kwigillingok
Kwigillingok (Kuigilnguq), Alaska, is imminently threatened by flooding and erosion. Flooding occurs annually in Kwigillingok as a result of storm surge, ice jams, ice override (called venuq), and other factors. Estimates of average erosion rates range from two to fifteen feet per year. The community also experiences ground failure from thawing permafrost and a variety of other severe weather hazards. The combined effects of erosion, flooding, permafrost thaw, and severe weather have resulted in significant damage to homes and infrastructure in Kwigillingok and created significant health risks to the community.