Heavy fall rains swelling Alaska’s rivers.
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Flood waters recede in Talkeetna
Rising water threatens historic town’s business district
By RICHARD MAUER and CASEY GROVE
Anchorage Daily News
Published: September 22nd, 2012 08:49 AM
Last Modified: September 22nd, 2012 09:01 AM
As morning dawned on Talkeetna, it was clear the flood water had receded, no longer threatening the historic downtown and, while leaving standing water in much of the east side of town, roads there were more easily passable.
Where the Susitna River briefly seeped through a line of sandbags late Friday, the water had retreated to some boulders about 100 feet back from the barrier by early Saturday. Water from the Talkeetna River still flowed from East Talkeetna through a culvert under the Talkeetna Spur Road toward downtown but at a much slower pace. Volunteers had worked into the early morning hours Saturday to line sandbags on D Street, diverting water away from the rest of downtown and an old airstrip. The effort wasn’t enough to stop the water from touching at least one house on the street, a log cabin with several inches of water at its door and surrounding its frame.
There are many more houses impacted by water in East Talkeetna, where the Talkeetna River backed up from its confluence with the Susitna and rushed into the neighborhood. Some houses built on raised gravel pads were untouched; others were completely surrounded by water.
Still, the situation on the east side of town seemed to be improving Saturday morning as well. One street in East Talkeetna under at least a foot of water late Friday was clear Saturday morning, though the side streets remained covered.
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