• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
2m

Residents forced from homes after flooding in Ketchikan

By KTVA CBS 11 News 5:17 PM January 21, 2015

In the past 24 hours, nearly 6 inches of rain has fallen at the Ketchikan airport. This extraordinary rainfall has caused flooding in the area, forcing many out of their homes.

Ketchikan Creek spilled outside of the dam Tuesday night, forcing water into the streets. This is definitely “more water than we’re used to having,” says Jon Dorman, Ketchikan assistant fire chief.

“We had a little localized flooding that has subsided now,” said Dorman, adding that the high tide has started to go back out. “So we’ve evacuated maybe 15 people at this point.”

Most of those residents were from an apartment building in the area, Dorman says, adding that a shelter at the recreation center has been opened for those who’ve evacuated their homes.

A flash flood watch was initially issued as there was a concern that the water level may get high enough for a greater flood threat, according to the National Weather Service. The watch will likely be changed to an advisory as water levels behind the dam have been stabilized and are expected to slowly fall.

Dorman says, so far, the extent of the damage is unknown because the water in the area is still so high.

The video below is from Ketchikan resident Tracy Brown’s Facebook page, who says the area around Park Avenue, Harris Street and Fremont Street have been hit the hardest.

 

Wednesday morning, Sen. Lisa Murkowski sent her regards to the residents of Ketchikan via Twitter.

Latest Stories

  • Anchorage store owners report increase in shoplifting

    by Liz Raines on Aug 16, 19:05

    Some store owners around Anchorage say they’re frustrated by an uptick in shoplifting in their businesses — and the Anchorage Police Department’s lack of response. John Staser, co-owner of Mountain View Sports says he believes it stems, in part, from Senate Bill 91 — a criminal justice reform bill passed by lawmakers last year that […]

  • News

    Pink slip threat hangs over teachers headed back to class

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 16, 18:53

    Anchorage teachers went back to school Wednesday — the first time for many who weren’t sure they’d have jobs when the last school year ended. The threat of pink slips is still hanging over some of the teachers, even as they get ready for a new year and new students. Among those concerned for their […]

  • News

    Facebook bans white nationalist over hate speech

    by CBS News on Aug 16, 17:08

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Facebook (FB) has banned the Facebook and Instagram accounts of a white nationalist who attended the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ended in deadly violence. Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja tells The Associated Press that the profile pages of Christopher Cantwell have been removed as well as a page connected to his podcast. […]

  • News

    Governors of 2 pot states push back on Trump administration

    by Associated Press on Aug 16, 16:34

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Governors in at least two states that have legalized recreational marijuana are pushing back against the Trump administration and defending their efforts to regulate the industry. Alaska Gov. Bill Walker sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week, asking the Department of Justice to maintain the Obama administration’s […]

  • News

    Loss of sea ice leads walruses to early appearance in Alaska

    by Associated Press on Aug 16, 15:51

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says Pacific walruses have begun coming ashore along Alaska’s northwest coast, and it’s likely because sea ice in the Arctic Ocean already has receded beyond the outer continental shelf. Walruses by the thousands in recent years have come ashore in early fall. The agency says […]

  • News

    NY Times’ editorial page editor: No apology for Sarah Palin

    by Associated Press on Aug 16, 15:42

    NEW YORK (AP) – The editorial page editor of The New York Times has been grilled in federal court by a lawyer for Sarah Palin, who’s suing over an editorial that linked right-wing political rhetoric to the 2011 shooting of former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords. The newspaper published the editorial in June after a gunman […]

  • News

    Airport post office taking over Anchorage passport applications

    by Chris Klint on Aug 16, 15:09

    If you’re applying for a U.S. passport in Anchorage you’ll soon have to head for the airport, as the U.S. Postal Service puts all of its local passport-related operations under a single roof. A dedicated passport center will open five days a week, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Monday, at the main […]

  • Peter Pan Seafoods Port Moller plant devastated in overnight fire

    by Dave Bendinger / KDLG on Aug 16, 13:13

    The 100-year-old Peter Pan Seafoods processing plant in Port Moller has been devastated by a massive fire that burned through the night and into Wednesday morning. So far no one has been reported injured, but power, running water, and most phone and internet connections are down in the remote community. Chris Clemens skippers the fishing […]