Flood assistance, testing, information
Report Flood Damage
To report the extent of estimated flood damage to the borough, as part of the process of obtaining a state or federal disaster declaration visit www.borough.kenai.ak.us/emergency.
Assistance and Grants
State of Alaska Individual Assistance Grants will be available for damage to real property for up to $15,700 per household. You may also be eligible to receive state assistance for damage to essential household items; for up to three months of temporary housing, and primary transportation costs. Call 855-445-7131 or file online. Check out the borough website at www2.borough.kenai.ak.us/emergency. A team of inspectors will be available in person middle of October in Seward to verify and process the claims. Property owners are not required to be present.
If the state or the federal emergency management agency makes an emergency disaster declaration, information will be available in the media or on the borough’s website and KPB Facebook page, along with the types of assistance that may be available and how to apply. Information is also available at the KPB Office of Emergency Management at 907-262-4910.
Well water testing is scheduled for Oct. 8, 9 or 10. The water must be tested in the morning and returned by noon on the same day to meet the required delivery time to Tauriainen Engineering & Testing: Residents in the Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Areas may pick up their water-bacteria test kits at the KPB extension office at SeaView Plaza, 302 Railway Ave ., Suite 122. The kits cost $39, and will contain information on how to use them, and also how to properly disinfect and flush your well in advance of the testing. Homeowners are encouraged to read the directions before purchasing a test kit. The directions are online at wwww.flood.alaska.gov. You may also contact the local DEC Soldotna office at 907-262-3420 or Tauriainen at 907-262-4624. The borough extension office hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 224-2001 for information.
Cleaning water and mold
For information on cleaning mold and water call 855-445-7131.
Borough and/or City of Seward permits are required for all construction work in area flood zones. Fees for those permits are being waived. If you plan to do any construction projects, or even dredge, or move gravel material around on your property, check with the borough extension office or city planning department for permit requirements first. This is mainly to assure that your neighbors won’t be adversely affected by your actions.