A tidal surge that damaged part of a Seward road this week has prompted city officials to declare the damage a local disaster.

Damage along Lowell Point Road from the surge – Seward’s highest tide of the year at 13.7 feet – was caught on video by Seward resident Sarah Thomas.

The damage was declared a disaster at a Thursday emergency meeting of the Seward City Council.

Seward City Clerk Brenda Ballou said in a Friday statement that drivers on the road, which links Seward to Lowell Point south of town along the shoreline of Resurrection Bay, should be “cautious” and beware of both road damage and falling rocks.

“There is one-lane traffic in a few locations,” Ballou wrote. “The road edge on the ocean side has ‘storm water erosion’ in most areas. The rock slide areas continue to deposit loose rock and gravel on the roadway.”

Drivers are asked to report any further hazards in the area to either the Seward Public Works Department at 907-224-4058 during regular business hours, or Seward police dispatchers at 907-224-4022 after hours or during weekends.

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