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Matanuska River Erosion, Flooding Threaten Butte Area Residents

Based on a story by Josh Edge, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage 
Gov. Bill Walker and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have issued disaster declarations due to erosion and flooding in the Butte area along the Matanuska River. The flooding is due to a change in direction in the river rather than high water. If water breaks through the embankment, as many as 75 homes could be affected. State Department of Transportation and Mat-Su borough response crews are working to bring in armor rock to contain the river. Mat-Su officials advise residents between miles 12 and 15 of the Old Glenn Highway to develop an evacuation plan. If needed, a shelter will be established at the 7th Day Adventist Campground at 16970 E. Maude Road, where there are cabins, RV sites, tent sites, and a gym.