Heavy rains cause flooding on Kenai Peninsula

Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Several roads were closed, a bridge was washed out and a few people were evacuated from their homes on the Kenai Peninsula on Wednesday after heavy rainfall caused flooding.

An emergency operation center was set up in Seward and the Red Cross set up a shelter at the Seward Junior High School gymnasium.

''There have been no injuries reported and no homes destroyed,'' the release says. ''A few homes are experiencing severe flooding and have been evacuated.''

The Resurrection River rose nearly 6 feet Tuesday night before cresting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Salmon Creek also went over its banks.

A dispatcher at the Seward Police Department said one man had to be rescued from his home near Salmon Creek.

Just outside Seward, part of Exit Glacier Road was closed by flooding. The Seward Highway remained open, but drivers were cautioned to watch for falling trees and debris.

A police dispatcher in Homer said two main roads there were closed ''at least for the night'' by flooding. A bridge in Kachemak Selo was also reported out, according to a Kenai Peninsula Borough press release.

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