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Must watch video: Drone footage of battling the Willow Creek ice dam

Workers cleared a channel on Willow Creek on Jan. 9, the second day of battling an ice dam that has caused flooding of some homes in the area. Mat-Su Borough Public Works Director Terry Nolan narrates the work being done on this short explanatory video:

Borough contractors improved the flow on Willow Creek using an excavator and grader. Deneki Meadows Bridge and homes in that area are now reachable, although sudden warming could soften the road surface and four-wheel vehicles are advised.

Last week, the contractors continued dislodging ice under the bridge, with extreme low temperatures contributing to equipment malfunctions, which slowed the work, the Borough reported. Local heating fuel providers successfully used the roadway and bridge to deliver fuel to residents.

Noteworthy in the video is that the drone used to shoot the aerial footage held up in the sub-zero temperatures.

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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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