City of Seward #28

Release #28

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

*New Information:

A multi-agency public meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 28, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the KM Rae Building Auditorium, located at 125 3rd Avenue (corner of 3rd and Railway). Representatives from the city, borough, and state will be present to distribute information, gather information on damage assessment, and address questions from the public.

The Seward EOC has demobilized as 5:00 p.m. this evening. To report non-emergencies within the city this evening, contact the Seward Police Department dispatch at 224-3338. A city liaison will be present tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. at the local Borough EOC, which is established at the Seaview Plaza. The Seward EOC number will be 224-4041 and the local Borough EOC number is 224-9516.

***Lowell Point Road will reopen tonight at 5:00 p.m. and will remain open until 9:00 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday) morning. It will reopen again from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, and reopen again at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow evening and crews intend to keep this road open again during the night.

Water Information per the Kenai Peninsula Borough:
The Kenai Peninsula Borough, in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) continues to advise homeowners with onsite wells, located on flooded property to boil water used for drinking, brushing teeth, making ice, washing dishes and food preparation. Boil filtered or settled water vigorously for two minutes prior to use. Homeowners with flooded wells should continue to boil their water until their onsite well is no longer impacted by flood waters, and the well and water system disinfected, flushed and tested to determine that the water is safe to drink.

Be Aware! Testing the water before the flood waters recede is not advised, as the risk to the water supply continues to be a potential hazard. After the flooding recedes, the well and water system should be disinfected with chlorine, thoroughly flushed and then tested to ensure that the water is safe to drink.

Properly disinfecting and flushing is important before testing. To get step-by-step directions, please visit www.flood.alaska.gov or contact the local DEC Soldotna office at 262-3420.

The Borough is coordinating with Tauriainen Engineering and Testing to schedule water test kit distribution and pick-up for homeowners. Because testing must be done within a 30 hours after the sample is collected, the schedule to pick-up a water test kit for your community will be posted on www.borough.kenai.ak.us/emergency, on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Facebook page and high-traffic locations in the flood-affected communities of Seward, Lowell Point, Bear Creek, Moose Pass, Cooper Landing, Soldotna, Funny River, Anchor Point, and Tyonek. You may also call DEC Soldotna office at 262-3420 to determine the sample pickup schedule in your area.



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Road Updates:
• LOWELL POINT ROAD: will open at 5:00 p.m. tonight, stay open through the night until 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, will open from again from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and again at 5:00 p.m., intending to stay open again through the night (all weather contingent upon the weather!!).

*Previous Information:
As part of the process of obtaining a State or Federal Disaster Declaration, an estimate of the dollar losses from flooding must be obtained. If you have damages related to this event, city and borough residents are strongly encouraged to complete the online assessment form. Visit http://www2.borough.kenai.ak.us/emergency/Flood12/daform.htm. This is only a collection of data at this point, and not an official claim. For those without internet, the local library is available for public online access to complete this form.

Residents who need transportation between the Seward Harbor and Lowell Point can contact a water taxi. One of the water taxi’s that is running is Alaskan Coastal Safari who can be reached at 362-4101. Jim Herbert can also be reached at 362-0020.

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 the corner of B Street and Ballaine.

In the event of an emergency, please call the Seward Police Department at 9-1-1.

*Updates are also posted on the City’s Community Alert Pages, where you can also sign up for email and/or text updates (recommended): http://cityofseward.us/AlertCenter.aspx
Note: Click on Emergency Alerts for all future notifications.

Johanna Kinney, City Clerk, clerk@cityofseward.net

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