WILLOW — While recovery efforts continue from September flooding that caused still untold damages, high water has returned to several Mat-Su Borough rivers and streams.
The borough’s Emergency Services deputy director announced Saturday afternoon that the Emergency Operation Center at station 6-1 in Wasilla had been re-opened with a skeleton crew.
The Public Works Department reported that flooding has made Yoder Road near Talkeetna and Schrock Road at the Little Su Bridge in Meadow Lakes impassable. Rising water on Saturday also covered Sushana Drive.
The Matanuska River was well below flood stage Saturday. And water levels in the Talkeetna and Little Su rivers were expected to drop Saturday evening.
Emergency Services also responded Saturday afternoon to a report of water flowing across the Old Glenn Highway at Mile 3, near the Eklunta powerplant. This time water was flowing off the mountainside and across the road, not as a result of flooding.
However, rains are expected to continue throughout the week, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued a small stream flood advisory for the Matanuska Valley through 4 p.m., Monday.
“Heavy rainfall overnight has caused considerable water rise on area streams. Water levels will fall late this afternoon and continue falling through the evening hours. Rain is expected to redevelop late tonight, which will likely cause rivers to again rise to near bankful on Sunday,” according to the weather service.
Meanwhile, recover efforts from September’s disastrous flooding continue.
Thursday, the borough announced that the Deneki Meadows Bridge across Willow Creek had reopened to vehicle traffic, which means homeowners can drive to properties they’d been only able to access on foot since flooding damaged the bridge.
For now — and likely throughout the winter — Deneki bridge is the only route across the creek due to severe flood damage to the Shirley Towne Bridge last month.
“Borough public works and contractors worked long hours through rain and high winds to restore access to nearly all the roads in less than two weeks,” the borough wrote on its website.
Next up, the borough plans to start work on Kenny Boulevard, which, along with Kalispell Drive outside Talkeetna and Shirley Towne Drive, is one of three borough roads still closed. That’s down from a peak of 40 closed roads at the apex of the September flooding.
Borough emergency manager, Casey Cook asked residents to keep an eye on the smaller creeks and call in threatening water to 911.
For homeowners impacting by flooding, the state will operate disaster assistance centers in Willow, Talkeetna and Wasilla next week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In Talkeetna, it’ll be at the Upper Susitna Senior Center Monday and Tuesday.
In Willow, it’ll be the Willow Community Center on Tuesday and Wednesday.
In Wasilla, it’ll be at the Cottonwood Fire Station Thursday and Friday.
The borough reminds homeowners that to get federal or state relief they’ll need to get a borough permit before starting work.
Also, the borough is covering the cost of drinking water tests. To get a test kit, call Lorrie Moffitt at 354-4197.
Contact reporter Andrew Wellner at email@example.com or 352-2270.