Kenai Peninsula gets more rain; repairs continue

Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More rain on the Kenai Peninsula Tuesday caused minor washouts in Homer and Cooper Landing, but did not stop dozens of projects to rebuild roads and bridges damaged by last week's rain and flooding.

The state Department of Transportation has been repairing the Kenai Peninsula highway system in 35 places between Seward and Homer after last week's storm dumped 5 to 15 inches of water in 1.5 days.

''We're still going through an initial response stage, trying to make sure everyone with lost access gets it back,'' said Murph O'Brien of DOT.

Traffic was restored to Homer by Monday morning, and rain had not added any significant problems by Tuesday afternoon, he said.

Side roads were being patched as quickly as possible, borough officials said.

Nikolaevsk was still accessible only to foot traffic, as was the historic Ninilchik village.

Ninilchik's wooden automobile bridge was shored up and might be reopened by Thursday, O'Brien said.

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