Update, 5 p.m. Tuesday: Emergency services staff from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough assessed Creekside, Burrow and Friday roads on Tuesday, according to a statement from the Department of Emergency Services. Water was not crossing the roads, but officials warned residents on Burrow Road that the street may be impacted by rising water, the statement said.
All disabled cars were removed from the road Tuesday by a tow truck, the statement said.
Access to Deneki Road was improved for emergency vehicles, but the road was still closed Tuesday.
Rescuers shuttled residents stranded by flooding on Willow Creek to buy supplies Monday afternoon as crews worked to restore access to the Deneki Bridge, Matanuska-Susitna Borough officials said.
Large chunks of ice jammed at the Deneki Bridge on Dec. 21 and restricted normal water flow. The creek backed up and flooded several nearby homes in the Friday subdivision of Willow. Deneki Bridge has been closed since; it is the only roadway that connects residents living on the north side of the creek to the rest of the community.
Mat-Su emergency services director Ken Barkley said Monday that crews are working to make the road and bridge accessible for residents. He said crews were setting up culverts to steer water back into the creek rather than to divert it elsewhere.
Conditions near the end of last week were exacerbated by extreme low temperatures and snow. Ice jams formed around six cars that were trapped and became frozen in the creek. Barkley said that a 50-degree temperature swing within a week has since melted ice from around the stuck cars, and all but two were pulled from the creek.
Barkley said tire tracks left on the road have hindered work that crews have already completed. He advised residents not to go on the road, even in places it looks passable.
“That’s what our goal is, to make that accessible,” he said. “We’re just not there right now.”
Barkley said Monday that five homes had visible outside damage from the flood. Numerous families have evacuated since the flooding initially began.
The borough renewed a local disaster declaration during an emergency meeting Saturday. A town hall meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Willow Community Center.