FLOOD UPDATE

                                                     8-6-08The waters in Nenana are going down.  We don’t know yet the extent of the damage.  We know some people have lost their homes.  Our street is still flooded but it appears the waters are down about 8-10 inches from their crest on Sunday morning.  Adam has stopped using his canoe because the water is too low in some of the intersections.  We have only ventured out to go to KIAM, stuffing our feet into garbage bags and then into an old pair of shoes.  On Sunday the water was up past our knees. 

 

At the height of the flood we had close to eight inches of water in the back shop behind the station where the FM transmitter is located.  Art, our engineer checked it out on Monday and said it appears no water got into the transmitter, so we should be able to turn it on again once we’re sure the water is low enough.  It appears we’ll have minimal damage to the building or to things in the shop.  The studios and offices are built up higher so no water damage happened there.  We’re thankful to God for sparing us from major damage.   

 

Monday, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin signed a disaster declaration which should allow residents in this region affected by the flooding to get asistance from the government. 

 

Saturday I mentioned we were having sewer problems.  That was a short lived problem fortunately.  Since then water and sewer have worked fine and that is a pleasant surprise to me with all the flooding. 

 

The Tanana River went below flood stage Tuesday morning and is now about a foot below the flood stage. We don’t know how long it will take for the waters in town to go down, but it was encouraging to see that they’ve gone down about six inches since yesterday.  Waters only decreased about an inch or two from Monday to Tuesday.  The forecast has rain in it almost every day through next Monday, and it appears that while the waters are going down, we won’t be totally dry here anytime soon. 

Brian         

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