ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The city of Seward has declared a state of emergency Wednesday, in response to widespread flooding in the area.
According to city clerk Johanna Kinney, city manager James Hunt made the decision at about 1:15 p.m.. Flooding has been reported in town at the Phoenix/Chiswell area, Dieckgraeff Road, Lowell Creek Waterfall and Port Avenue.
Road closures in Seward include Lowell Point Road, which has closed due to a landslide, a National Park Service closure of Exit Glacier Road at the Mile 7 gate, Port Road and portions of Dieckgraeff Road. Traffic advisories have been issued for all local roads.
Alaska Department of Transportation spokesperson Rick Feller says one of the Seward airport’s two runways has been closed after it was topped by water.
“Residents of the Seward area are urged to limit travel today and stay home if possible due to the high winds and rain in the area that has caused water to inundate road ways,” Kinney wrote.