The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

'Jaws drop' during Corps' flood-control inspection tour


September 14, 2017 | View PDF

Seward City Manager Jim Hunt believes elected officials from Washington, D.C., and the Army Corps of Engineers received a big wake-up call last week during their visit to the Lowell Point Diversion Tunnel as part of their review of the aging flood control program.

“Their jaws dropped when they saw the amount of material that came through,” said Hunt.

Corps officials were in town last Tuesday during one of the heavier days of rain. During their visit, they inspected the diversion tunnel and witnessed the amount of debris that is moved through Lowell Creek. Later that day, they were also able to witness a large amount of water blasting through.

Originally, Lowell Creek ran through Seward along what is now Jefferson Street. After numerous floods, the Army Corps of Engineers began construction of a diversion dam that moved the creek’s original path. Additionally, the Corps constructed a 2,068-foot tunnel through Bear Mountain and an outlet flume that releases the water into Resurrection Bay. The system was completed in 1940.


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