By Sarah Aslam
Wrangell Sentinel 

Cleanup of abandoned float debris needs high tides in October


Sarah Aslam/Wrangell Sentinel

Haig Demerjian last Thursday stood on the deck of his home on Shoemaker Loop Road, looking out at a section of old harbor float that washed up on the beach two days earlier.

A cleanup of abandoned pieces of old harbor floats the tribe was trying to get done this spring may be delayed until October. Project lead Kim Wickman said the high tides they need during daytime hours won't occur until then.

Though the full effort will have to wait, Wickman, the Indian General Assistance Program technician at Wrangell Cooperative Association, and Valerie Massie, IGAP coordinator, tied off three large chunks of the old floats at Shoemaker Bay beach on May 18.

The pieces are 40- to 50-year-old float fragments, polystyrene foam in crumbling concrete shells, leftovers from t...

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