Iced-in Alaskan City Receives Fuel Shipment

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A Russian tanker's crew began transferring more than a million gallons of fuel Tuesday to the snowbound city of Nome, Alaska.

Using two hoses, one for gasoline and the other for diesel fuel, crews began the arduous task of pumping the fuel into the city's storage tanks. Officials say the operation would take from 36 hours to five days to make the transfer.

The western Alaskan city has been cut off for months after a massive snow storm. The storm blocked the city's 3,500 residents from getting their pre-winter fuel delivery.

A Coast Guard icebreaker cleared a path for the 370-foot tanker through hundreds of miles of a slow journey stalled by thick ice and strong ocean currents.

Coast Guard officials estimated the tanker traveled a total of 5,000 miles to deliver fuel for the town.

Alaska has had one of the most severe winters in decades. Snow has piled up 10 feet or higher against the wood-sided buildings in Nome.

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