River swelling around Cooper Landing area

Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2002

The state highway department began working to repair flood damage on the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing on Tuesday, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough started soliciting damage reports from property owners throughout the borough.

All roads in the Seward area were reported open as of Tuesday.

Work crews from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities began working to repair damage at Mile 50, Mile 52.5 and Mile 55.5 of the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing. The areas remained open to traffic, but motorists were advised to watch for traffic flaggers and to expect delays.

At Mile 55.5, near the Russian River Ferry terminal, edges of the roadway were eroded by flood waters and were being filled in; at Mile 52.5 near Gwin's Lodge, a small pond alongside the road was not draining and needed to be pumped out; and minor road repairs were being made at Mile 50.

The road to Nikolaevsk remains closed and progress has been made on the Ninilchik River Mission bridge, which may be reopened by Thursday.

Exit Glacier Road was open to traffic, according to Seward assistant city clerk Christy Terry, who also said the road into the White Sawmill Subdivision was open, as well. That road was closed when the Salmon Creek overran its banks after last week's heavy rains.

The borough's Office of Emergency Management began asking for the assistance of property owners to identify flood damage to personal property as part of its process in attempting to obtain a state emergency disaster declaration.

Property owners with flood-related damage are asked to call the OEM in Soldotna at 262-4910 and provide their name, phone number, location of the damaged property, a brief description of the damage and directions to the property.

State and borough officials will be in the field gathering information on flood damage as soon as flood waters recede enough to do so. Property owners need not be present when the damage assessing team arrives.

Owners are encouraged to photograph all damaged property, structures, contents and damaged private roads before repairs are made or damaged personal property is discarded.

If the state declares an emergency disaster, the OEM will provide information through the news media on what assistance is available and how property owners can apply for assistance.

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