Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Flood Update 9:30pm 8/18/06 Water breaches Ba

Mat-Su | Patty Sullivan | Thursday, August 17, 2006

EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER--Emergency responders are sounding sirens and evacuating residents in East Talkeetna. Water has breached the Mercedes subdivision in at least two places, KTNA radio is announcing the evacuation. The area has somewhere between 30 and 60 people, though some of the buildings may be weekend cabins. Fire crews are trying to go door to door. Mercedes is off Beaver Road. Su Valley High is open as a shelter.

In the Hatcher Pass area, a couple was rescued from a home off Wasilla-Fishhook Road. Dive teams and fire units responded to a house off Welch Road near mile 8.2 of Wasilla-Fishook Road. The responders had to take a boat across the Little Susitna River to pull the couple from their home. The residents are safe and went to stay with family.

In Willow, half a dozen homes were flooded. Friday Road and Willow Way are reportedly under water. Residents were asked to evacuate earlier when emergency responders went door to door.

Three different drainage areas are creating trouble spots at the moment off Willow Creek and off the Little Susitna River and off the Talkeetna River.

Rising waters are threatening two bridges in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, the Shirley Towne Bridge in Willow and the Moose Meadows Bridge near Schrock Drive and Carney Road outside Wasilla. Approaches on both bridges are washing away.