Wasilla Homeowners Hit Hard by Rainfall and Flooding

Homeowners in Wasilla wade through chest deep water to evacuate their homes early Thursday morning.


by Megan Mazurek

The sound of rain on your rooftop may be soothing to fall asleep to but the rush of cold water in your living room isn't the kind of alarm clock most Alaskans want to wake up with.

Homeowners living on the outskirts of Wasilla on Lucille Street were wading through chest deep water to evacuate their homes early Thursday morning.  
Matanuska Electric Association had to shut off the power on Marilyn Cicle around 3:30 a.m. and 10 people were evacuated from their homes through their windows or garage. 
One resident said she woke up to water in her home around 1:00 a.m. and said rescue crews were standing by.
"The emergency responders were already up here at the top of the road we were just waiting for the power to be shut off so they could actually get into the water," said Sarah Littlefair, a homeowner off Marilyn Circle in Wasilla.
The neighborhood is currently on the Matsu Boroughs list of recommended evacuation sites.
Neighbors collected their belongings by raft, canoe or kayak this afternoon (9/20) while trying to figure out how to clean and pay for the damage.
"All five homeowners in here do not have flood insurance because we are not in a flood zone," Littlefair said. "So all of the damage that was done here today will not be covered by our homeowners insurance."
Officials say the area can be misleading.
"Originally they didn't think there was a water body around here," said Patty Sullivan, Public Affairs, Matsu Emergency Operations Center. "But there's actually an unnamed creek running behind 5 homes that are built in a low lying area on some fill so you have groundwater you have that creek and you have all his rain."
Littlefair says early Thursday the water level was at least 8 feet and freezers, a motorcycle and pieces of porch were floating in the neighborhood. While her neighborhood isn't considered a flood zone, she thinks flooding like this could have been prevented.
"The Matsu Borough has a culvert that runs under Lucille Street and I just don't think it's efficient enough obviously for the amount of water that come through here," Littlefair said.
A number of roadways are being threatened and officials warn the public to stay clear. 
Click here for a full list of road closures and recommended evacuations.

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