ANCHORAGE (KTUU) A video showing cockroaches allegedly inside H2Oasis waterpark prompted an inspection by the city of Anchorage. The video has been viewed more than 62,000 times within an hour of it's posting on Facebook.
snapshot of video shared on facebook
No cockroaches were found during a 2 hour inspection from Anchorage's Department of Health and Human Services.
"The owner does have a pest management plan in place and working ," says Shelley Griffith, Environmental program manager for the municipality of Anchorage.
Griffith isn't the only one who acknowledges cockroaches do exist at the facility. It's chief operating officer agrees. "I think it's common I think most people in Anchorage have no idea how widespread this is," says Dennis Prendeville, CEO of H2Oasis.
Prendeville says cockroaches are unacceptable and his staff are working to remove them. He feels the comments on social media are an "overreaction."
The video on facebook has hundreds of comments. Many people expressing disgust and sharing similar experiences.
H2Oasis has been operating for nearly 14 years in Anchorage with more than 70,000 visitors a year according to Prendeville.
The muni says even if cockroaches had been found H2Oasis would likely not face a fine.
The muni says it aims to have an inspector look into a complaints within 72 hours. It recommends anyone with concerns about health or safety about any business in Anchorage file a formal complaint online at the muni website.