Seward Flood Press Release #12

 

Friday, September 21, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.

*New Information:

High tide is 5:28 p.m., estimated to rise up to 10.8 feet.

City and Borough crews continue to assess and repair roadways in the Seward area.

Lowell Point Road Update: Crews continue to work at the Lowell Creek Waterfall. Crews are working to allow limited access today, they hope to be ready to allow this access from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., and also plan to have the road open from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and also from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Emergency Operations Center will remain open today, and will evaluate if it will close or stay open at 5:00 p.m. this evening.

Electric Outage Update: The water in the Exit Glacier area has receded enough for crews to attempt to restore power to the Exit and Old Exit Glacier Road areas. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough is focusing efforts on the Old Mill/Lost Creek area, Questa Woods/Kwechek Creek area, and Exit Glacier Road – Old Exit/Box Canyon/Wilma area.

Sports and sports travel for the Seward schools are cancelled for Friday, and Saturday will be evaluated. Cross Country Borough’s has been moved to Skyview High School.

The shelter remains closed, if anyone needs shelter assistance please call the Emergency Operations Center and they will make arrangements. Seward Animal Shelter is able to take pets for those evacuating their homes. Call Shellie at 907-491-0000.

The Emergency Operations Center urges residents to limit their travel today, and for everyone’s safety, please steer clear of problem areas and crews working.



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The same flood warning from the National Weather Service is still in effect until 10:00 a.m. today (http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=AKZ125&warncounty=AKC122&firewxzone=AKZ125&local_place1=7+Miles+NNW+Woodrow+AK&product1=Flood+Warning for the full warning).

Road Updates:

DIECKGRAEFF ROAD: closed at Maple Street, the new levee is holding.
EXIT GLACIER ROAD/HERMAN LEIRER ROAD: closed at mile 7
OLD EXIT GLACIER ROAD: closed
NASH ROAD: open, one lane traffic at mile 2
SEWARD HIGHWAY: the travel advisory remains in effect. Use caution. Mile 3.5 has flaggers and is open to one lane traffic.
LOWELL POINT ROAD: limited access from 9-10 am, 12-1 pm, and 4-6 pm (no heavy equipment). Otherwise closed for the rest
OLD MILL SUBDIVISION: closed
QUESTA WOODS/BRUNO: experiencing flooding

Traffic advisories issued for all Seward area roads.

*Previous Information:

The Kenai Peninsula Borough is coordinating with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) to provide assistance with water quality testing. Homeowners that may be concerned about well water or septic tanks being damaged due to flooding are encouraged to call the ADEC office in Kenai at 907-262-3408 for more information.

The water system for the City of Seward remains intact, and two potable water sites are available for personal container fill-ups at the RV dump stations located at B Street and Ballaine.

One Comment

  1. zesty enterprise says:

    I hope the City of Seward staff, City manager, Council and Mayor have noticed the expert job that Johanna Kinney has done during the flooding.