Ice causing flooding on Peters Creek

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 11:30
  • Peters Creek was flooding Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 due to ice dams clogging the creek. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Peters Creek was flooding Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 due to ice dams clogging the creek. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Peters Creek was flooding Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 due to ice dams clogging the creek. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Peters Creek was flooding Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 due to ice dams clogging the creek. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Peters Creek was flooding Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 due to ice dams clogging the creek. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Peters Creek was flooding Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 due to ice dams clogging the creek. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Peters Creek was flooding Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 due to ice dams clogging the creek. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Peters Creek was flooding Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 due to ice dams clogging the creek. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Peters Creek was flooding Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 due to ice dams clogging the creek. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Peters Creek was overflowing its banks Tuesday as ice jams caused running water to flow down Aurora Borealis Road.

A National Weather Service employee first reported the minor flooding Monday evening, and the service issued a brief statement warning people of the hazard.

“Minor flooding is occurring below (northwest of) the Starner Street bridge along Peters Creek,” read the statement. “The river is at or just over bankfull, and some water is over Aurora Borealis Road.”

Minor flooding could also be seen near the Stoltze Bridge further downstream — not an unusual occurrence in winter when ice clogs the small creek the empties into Knik Arm.

No houses appeared to be flooded, although some driveways were covered in fresh ice and pools of water.

It was unclear Tuesday what — if anything — would be done about the flooding. Aurora Borealis is not maintained by the Municipality of Anchorage, which up until September maintained the private drive linking neighborhoods on the north and south sides of the creek. The road has always been private, and maintaining it was a liability hazard for the Eagle River Street Maintenance department to continue plowing the road.

On Tuesday, the road remained passable, with running water up to six inches deep in some places. Street maintenance foreman Mark Littlefield didn’t immediately return a call for comment, but in September Littlefield said residents living along the road will be responsible for maintaining Aurora Borealis.

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