Monday, January 14, 2013

Mid-January Flooding Hits Alaska

Homeowners in Anchorage are having to cope with a new winter challenge - flooding in mid-January Alaska.   That's right - Alaska - mid-January - flooding.

Some call it a Chinook, while others say the "Pineapple Express". No matter what you call it, the weather has created a headache for some homeowners.

As of 4 p.m. Sunday, Anchorage had received 10" of rainfall according to Channel 2 meteorologist Tracy Sinclare.

Some residents in Anchorage, Eagle River and the Mat-Su Valley spent the weekend trying to protect their homes by averting the melting snow and ice.

“It was like a little stream going down and it was going right over the tops of my boots and going right under the garage door," said Bryan Stewart.

Stewart said just before 10 p.m. Saturday that water began filling the garage and that led to flooding in the two-story home they rent on the Anchorage hillside. His family began moving furniture and personal belongings upstairs and out of the flooded basement when they realized water was rising quickly.

The Hamilton and Halton areas are also experiencing flooding.  It's certainly less dramatic than flooding in Alaska but still it's mid-January.  Oh well, at least we should be grateful that global warming is a scientific hoax.

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