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Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 12:24 am | Updated: 11:23 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Tanacross seeks volunteers as the wind-battered Alaska Highway community tries to rebuild after getting hit with strong winds Monday.

All 72 homes in the village received some damage, said Tanacross Tribal Council member Diane Titus. “Our people are tired; we’ve been on the go for 24 hours,” she said.

Titus described the appearance of the village after the storm on Monday morning as a "rude awakening."

"When I got up at 6:30 people were in the streets and a lot of them were in tears," she said. "It was just unbelievable. We didn't know how much damage there was in the night."

She also said the storm is interfering with people's moose hunting because they need to fix their homes before the winter.

The community is being powered by generators and has had one phone line repaired since the storm. Volunteers can call the village at 883-3658 and ask for Titus.

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