- Capt. Jake Boothby on scene early Thursday
- Engineer Jennifer Luce with her haul of rescues, two furry ones.
- A member of the Mat-Su Borough Water Rescue Team
- A flash flood hit this neighborhood in a cul-de-sac off Seldon & Lucille streets outside Wasilla.
Last night a 9-1-1 call came in with a report of chest-deep water in a home off Marilyn Circle near Lucille & Seldon streets outside Wasilla. An unnamed creek is nearby and the homes are in a low lying wet area. Five families were surrounded by water that had collected in a flash flood in a gully. Firefighters from Central-Mat-Su and the Mat-Su Water Rescue team responded with 3 rafts near 1 am. Rescuers paddled 10 residents to safety including children and a few dogs and a cat. Firefighters entered the homes through windows to help folks into the rafts. Dispatch did reverse 9-1-1 calls to let the residents know to stay put until the rescuers arrived at their doorstep in rafts. Capt. Jake Boothby with Central Mat-Su Fire Dept. relayed this information. Photos by Battalion Chief Jon Burns. —Patty Sullivan, PIO Mat-Su Borough