A house was pulled into the Matanuska River Monday night as the river bank washed away. The home was originally about 5 miles north of Sutton but in a matter of minutes was moving downstream.

Mat-Su Borough Emergency Manager Casey Cook said the river first started going underneath the house at about 8:45 p.m. Just 45 minutes later the entire house was in the river.

Courtesy of Matt Mansell

“The river claimed it all and it’s now floating down the river,” said Casey Cook, Mat-Su Borough Emergency Manager.

No one was living in the home at the time. “The owners of the house had vacated it a couple years ago just because of the situation that was encroaching upon them,” said Cook.

The river was running high and fast Monday, reaching 9.92 feet Monday morning, putting it into the flood “Action Stage”.

Cook says there are 7 or 8 homes in this area that are also at risk of going into the river. He says all they can do at this point is be prepared.

Courtesy Matt Mansell

“The only real thing we can do is make sure the residents know that the erosion is cutting in again with this increased water,” said Cook.

Cook says they’ll continue to watch the river Tuesday and are reminding residents in this area to be very cautious.


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