Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.
Crews worked throughout the night at the Lowell Creek Waterfall to maintain the bridge out to Lowell Point. Crews continue to assess and repair flooded areas according to priority.
There is an electrical outage on Lois Way and Wilma Avenue on Exit Glacier Road. At this time, Lois Way is inaccessible, and it has been determined that power cannot be restored to those on Wilma until the water subsides to reach necessary electrical equipment.
The Box Canyon water diversion structure has been compromised and is flooding. Road crews from the borough are assessing the damage and risk. Seward Fire Department and Bear Creek Fire Department crews are working to evacuate some residents in this area. Please contact the Seward EOC if you need any assistance with evacuation. Residents that choose to evacuate this area may go to the shelter at Seward High School.
Conditions are improving and the rain has let up, but will be dependent on if heavy rain starts to fall again. The most current report from the National Weather Service can be found by clicking this link (a flood warning is in effect until 6:00 p.m. Thursday): http://forecast.weather.gov/
Most City Offices are closed today to focus on flooding efforts. You can still vote absentee in person at City Hall today, please use the 5th Avenue entrance to the City Clerk’s Office.
Please stay off the roadways, especially areas of concern and allow crews space to work.
Moose Pass School and Seward Elementary, Middle, and High Schools are closed today.
- DIECKGRAEFF ROAD: closed but the new levee is holding.
- EXIT GLACIER ROAD/HERMAN LEIRER ROAD/OLD EXIT GLACIER ROAD: closed, Kenai Peninsula Borough staff is evaluating the area this morning
- PHOENIX/CHISWELL: open, use caution
- PORT ROAD: open, use caution
- DAIRY HILL: open
- NASH ROAD: closed at mile 2 due to road erosion. Landslide further up the road. DOT is working to clear the mile 2 closure, then city crews will work to clear the landslide
- SEWARD HIGHWAY 3.5: DOT flaggers are limiting to one way traffic, DOT crews working on a possible breach to alleviate the water on the highway
- LOWELL POINT ROAD: closed
- OLD MILL SUBDIVISION: closed, Kenai Peninsula Borough crews dispatched to area today
Traffic advisories issued for all Seward area roads.
Shelter Updates: The shelter at Seward High School is up and running and taking those needing assistance. Please use the Gym/Pool door and proceed to the gym for shelter services. Contact the Seward Emergency Operations Center (EOC) with questions or concerns or if you need assistance. Numbers listed below.
Moose Pass School has offered shelter services for anyone needing shelter as well. Contact the Seward EOC if you need assistance first. Numbers listed below.
Residents living in the Old Mill Subdivision west of the Lost Creek (second bridge) is advised to contact the Emergency Operations Center if they need assistance evacuating (EOC numbers are listed in this press release). This evacuation is not mandatory at this time.
As a precaution, if your water is discolored, it is advised to boil your water prior to consuming until the weather subsides.
The City of Seward has set up an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the City Council Chambers to address localized flood problems. The City Manager has issued a state of emergency as of 1:15 p.m.
EOC phone numbers established are: 224-4041, 224-4043, 224-4044 to report flooding, outages, etc. In the event of an emergency, please call the Seward Police Department at 9-1-1. Residents of the Seward area are urged to limit travel today and stay home if possible due to the high winds and rain in the area that has caused water to inundate road ways.
*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/
Note: now that an emergency is declared, click on Emergency Alerts for all future notifications.
Johanna Kinney, City Clerk