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Evacuation lifted in Ketchikan creek zone

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Ketchikan Lake has subsided from 350 feet to 348.95 feet as of Sunday morning, according to the Ketchikan Emergency Operation Center, which has lifted the voluntary evacuation for the area surrounding Ketchikan Creek.

The use of generators and a decrease of rainfall allowed the drawdown to occur.

On Saturday, a large area was voluntarily evacuated as the creek raged below the nearly full lake, which was within one foot of breaching the dam.

The forecast for Ketchikan also has approximately 1.5 inches of precipitation expected in the coming 12 hours, compared to the 2.8 inches on Saturday.

“As a result, the lake level is not anticipated to reach actionable levels and the voluntary evacuation order is now canceled,” the EOC reported. People in the evacuation area may return home, but should stay tuned to the Ketchikan City and Borough’s Facebook page for further updates.

The Recreation is remaining on standby in case another evacuation is called for, and staff continues to monitor the situation, and has Freeman Street closed as of Sunday morning.

A flood advisory remains in effect until midnight.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Reassuring to know the granddaughters of the Creek St. girls are safe. I am told the enterprise never recovered from losing the logging camps, but never investigated that for myself. Anyone remember the working name of the girl that was a dead ringer for Joni Mitchell?

  • Back in the 60’s or 70’s there were proposals to improve the spillway, but apparently they reasoned that potential Federal disaster relief funds for a dam failure would be more cost effective.

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