- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Transportation officials are working to protect Glenn Highway from rising waters in the Matanuska River near Sutton.

Residents were warned to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice as rains increased the water level to take over another 15 feet of river bank in certain areas, KTUU-TV reported (https://bit.ly/1gjKkEJ).

Borough Assembly member Jim Sykes says one home was swept into the river on Thursday, the same area that lost additional riverbank.

“It’s gone from erosion to flooding,” Sykes said.

State Rep. Jim Colver said Department of Transportation and Public Facilities staff determined on Monday that the encroaching water is an emergency, prompting immediate work on the highway.

The Monday meeting included officials with the Mat-Su Borough and constituents who have been surveying the damage in Sutton.

Borough officials will be on hand to meet with residents Wednesday night at Sutton Library.


Information from: KTUU-TV, https://www.ktuu.com

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