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Too much of a good thing? Rising water in Kenai has mayor declaring a flood emergency

Mayor Peter Micciche of the Kenai Borough declared a local state of emergency due to rising water infrastructure on the Western Kenai Peninsula.

Reports of areawide flooding along the Kenai River, neighborhoods in Kenai Keys, Kalifornsky Beach Road, and the Eastern Kenai Peninsula have detailed damage to residential structures and some public infrastructure on the Western Kenai Peninsula.

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“My utmost priority as the mayor of the KPB is the life, health, and safety of our residents. I will take any steps necessary within my authority and through our Emergency Management Team to respond and help mitigate damage to private and public property and the infrastructure we all count on daily,” Mayor Micciche said. “A disaster declaration also approved by the governor would help us in our efforts to continue to provide the resources needed to effectively respond and to return life to normalcy as soon as possible in affected areas.”

The disaster declaration allows access to emergency borough funds and the expansion of
authority to respond to the high water conditions being experienced.

In the event that the governor also declares a disaster as requested, the borough would have the assistance of State of Alaska subject matter experts and potential resources and state funds to address the impacts of flooding, the mayor said in a statement.

The request has been formally submitted to Gov. Mike Dunleavy. With the governor’s approval, the State of Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management would also provide assistance to the Borough and to affected areas as directed.

Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
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.


  1. Maybe in ten years all those happy Kenai Coastal Conservative neighbors will be moving North because of environment from flooding and Earthquakes. Palmer could use an increase of conservative voters. Anchorage be a waste of time since I believe us Anchorage generations (boomers, millennials, GenX, and GenZ) living here we due for another 9.4 Earthquake. Unlike 1964 I think there be substantial loss of life because of our communities tall buildings that weren’t there in 1964 and crowded housing.

    • The valley is too crowded. I’ll stay in the Kenai 🙂
      It HAS been a bizarrely cool and rainy summer this year – hopefully the winter is drier or we’ll be buried in snow :O

  2. Funny how public money is continually sought after by those who make other poor decisions. Build a home within a low level floodplain and then complain about high water. The areas affected are notoriously prone to annual flooding. Wait till the Snow River ice dam breaks open. More water. More “free” money please!! Get a grip Michiccie. That’s what property insurance is for. Stop pandering.

  3. Sure are a lot of folks experiencing emergencies these days.

    I remember not too long ago when people who prepared for the the worse to come were called paranoid conspiracy theorists.

    I guess these crazy preppers will have the last laugh afterall.

    Everyone has been warned to prepare. If you haven’t made your own preparations by now, then expect to be some sort of victim tomorrow.


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