Mat-Su Valley Hit by Major Flooding
MAT-SU VALLEY - The ground level of Len Anderson’s house in Houston is under more than four inches of water.
Anderson is one of many whose homes have flooded in the past couple of days as heavy rains cause water levels in rivers and creeks throughout the Mat-Su Valley to rise.
In Wasilla, 14 people were forced out of their houses at 1 a.m. on Thursday as a flash flood swept though their street. Ten people were rescued by raft.
At Anderson’s house, the Little Su has engulfed his backyard and stalled a bathroom renovation project on the ground floor.
The local fire captain said there’s not much that can be done.
"Unfortunately his house is already been affected; it's too far encroached for us to be able to sandbag around it now,” said Christian Hartley of the Houston Fire Department.
Anderson’s home is in the Enchanted Forest subdivision of Houston where, on Thursday, residents were on high alert as they watch the water creep closer by the minute.
"I've secured my firewood as well as I could, got as much as I could up on the porch," said Lance Wilson.
“I'm cleaning up the last few items in the yard, walked over to the neighbors to see if I could be of any assistance to them.”
Wilson and Anderson are neighbors, and their situation couldn’t be more different. While Anderson and his family watch the water in their house rise, Wilson’s home sits at a higher elevation as is yet to be touched by the Little Su.
"We flooded in 2006 and as a result of that I've raised my house four feet and installed flood vents in the crawl space,” said Wilson
Captain Hartley has a busy night ahead of him.
“The primary goal right now is just making sure everyone is out of their house, making sure everyone is accounted for,” said Hartley.
“If they need any help we'll help them moving some of their stuff… if they want any sandbags we do have sandbags available to start putting around,” he said.
Further up the highway, many residents living next to Willow Creek had to evacuate their homes Wednesday night.
“Inside of the house we got important stuff upstairs we went and got the dog today and made sure he was ok, and hopefully the chickens are ok,’ said Willow resident Kara Grimes.
Grimes, who is in Houston staying with family, says she's concerned about people looting her house, so she's going back.
“Just hang out there so that nobody can take anything or at least try and stop them,” she said.
State troopers have increased their presence in the Willow area after residents report seeing people that they didn't know hanging around some properties.