Volunteers Prep for More Flooding at Butte Homes

Officials are preparing for the possibility that flooding around several Butte homes may get worse.

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by Associated Press

BUTTE, Alaska- Officials are preparing for the possibility that flooding around several Butte homes may get worse.

Volunteers spent several hours Saturday creating about 1,000 new sandbags. Mat-Su Borough officials say they have already used nearly 10,000 sandbags since September 2012.
The sandbags are a temporary solution for a long-term problem that officials are seeking to resolve.
Borough emergency manager Casey Cook says the flooding is caused by cold weather and a lack of snowfall that caused smaller channels to freeze up. Those channels would normally flow into the Matanuska River, but the water is now finding a different path.
Mat-Su Borough Assemblyman Jim Sykes says sandbags are the best option until officials can identify a long term solution that will work.