City of Seward flood update #29

#29

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.

*New Information:

*New! Staff is looking to reschedule the multi-agency public meeting to Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 1:00 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. Lowell Point Residents will need to plan accordingly based on the new Lowell Point Road schedule listed below.

***Lowell Point Road will be open from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. today, and will reopen for the night at 5:00 p.m. Beginning tomorrow, Friday, September 28, 2012, the Lowell Point Road will have a new closure schedule. Crews will close the road from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until further notice.

The Seward EOC has demobilized as 5:00 p.m. Wednesday evening. The Seward EOC number will be 224-4041 and the local Borough EOC number is 224-9516.

Road Updates:

LOWELL POINT ROAD: will open from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. today, and reopen again at 5:00 tonight. Beginning Friday morning, the road will be closed from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until further notice.

*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.



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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.

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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