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September 19, 2012 1:42 PM

[EXPIRED] Seward Flood Updates

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Press Release #1

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.

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.

Impacted areas from heavy rain and flooding are:
• In town: Phoenix/Chiswell, Dieckgraeff Road, Lowell Creek Waterfall, Port Avenue
• Out of town: Salmon Creek, mile 3.5 of the Seward Highway bikepath, mile 4.5-5 of the Seward Highway, Old Mill Creek.

Road Closures:
• LOWELL POINT ROAD is closed until further notice due to a landslide. Crews are working on clearing the road.
• EXIT GLACIER ROAD (at the mile 7 gate) is closed by the Park Service.
• Portions of the DIECKGRAEFF ROAD are also closed.
• PORT ROAD is closed

Traffic advisories issued for all Seward area roads.

Updates to follow.

*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: now that an emergency is declared, click on Emergency Alerts for all future notifications.

Johanna Kinney, City Clerk
clerk@cityofseward.net

Latest Update:

October 1, 2012 3:00 PM

October 1, 2012, 3:00 p.m.

Also, for all areas in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, please visit the link below if you have had any personal property damage from the September 2012 Flooding in the Seward Area. This damage assessment will determine if a federal disaster declaration is needed. Borough officials need to obtain an estimate of the dollar losses from flooding when requesting such a declaration is made. If you have damages related to this event, you are strongly encouraged to complete this form.

You are also encouraged to document your expenses for, and to take pictures of, all damaged property, structures, contents, roads, and bridges before repairs are made or the property is disposed of. This will be very important if assistance becomes available. This form does not replace forms necessary to apply for or receive disaster assistance.

Please share this information with anyone you think may need it. The Seward Community Library and Museum has free internet access for those who do not have means to get to a computer.

Online Damage Assessment Form

Prior Updates

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September 28, 2012 3:28 PM

Release #31

Friday, September 28, 2012 at 3:30 p.m.

*New Information:

**NEW - Lowell Point Road has reopened and there are no immediate plans to close the road at this point. Thanks for everyone’s patience, especially those in the Lowell Point Community.

* The multi-agency public meeting has been rescheduled 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.

For non-emergencies, contact the Borough Emergency Operations Center during the day (224-9516) and the Seward Police Department during the night (224-3338).

Road Updates:
• LOWELL POINT ROAD: has reopened and no closures scheduled at this point

Please see the previous notice regarding providing online damage assessments for data collection, water information per the Kenai Peninsula Borough, and where to get potable water.

Public Meeting Flyer
September 27, 2012 4:36 PM

SEE THE ATTACHED LINK FOR PUBLIC MEETING FLYER!

Release #30

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.

*New Information:

*New! The multi-agency public meeting has been rescheduled 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 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. These dedicated stretches of time for crews and equipment to be focused on stabilizing the road increase the likelihood of the road being able to remain open. Public Works crews will be monitoring the situation.

The local Borough/Seward EOC has been established at the Seaview Plaza, and will stand down for the night. To report non-emergencies within the city this evening, contact the Seward Police Department dispatch at 224-3338. The EOC will resume tomorrow morning. The Seward EOC number will be 224-4041 and the local Borough EOC number is 224-9516.

Road Updates:
• LOWELL POINT ROAD: will 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.

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

Public Meeting Flyer

City of Seward • P.O. Box 167, 410 Adams Street City Hall Building • Seward, Alaska 99664 • (907) 224-3331
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