Buses will not travel on these closed roads (there is more information about evacuations provided by the Mat-Su Borough Emergency Services and the Alaska Department of Transportation): All Current Road Closures (as of 0404hrs.):
Beaver Road and Mercedes Drive in Talkeetna River Subdivision
Yoder Road near the Montana Creek Bridge
Michelle Drive off Talkeetna Spur Road
Caswell Lakes Road at Amundsen and Brown Bear
Caswell Lakes Road by the church
Caswell Lakes Road at Big Catch and Silver Salmon under water, house too
Creekside Drive off Willow Fishhook Road
Johnson Drive off Parks Highway
Burrow Street off Willow Fishhook Road
Friday Road off Willow Fishhook Road
Deneki Drive off Willow Fishhook Road
Stinson Circle off Parks Highway
Pool Drive off Parks Highway
Pool Drive off Parks Highway
Steven Drive –water on road, at risk of closure
Shirley Towne Drive to Parks Highway
Hatcher Pass Road at Mile 26 is washed out at Shirley Creek
Little Otter Drive near Palmer
Sushana off Schrock Road
Moose Meadows Road closed at the bridge off Carney Road
N. Lazer Street off Edgerton Parks Road
Big Rock Drive--water on road, at risk of closure
Schrock Road at Kurtis
Crabb Circle at Nangle Street, water flowing on road, at risk for closure
Report of flooding at Schrock Road and Bald Eagle, water level is at 2inches and rising (0241)
Houston FD reported Little Su River is now across Maid Marian Drive. The Little Su has risen 11 inches in the last 3 hours. It is averaging a rise of 3-4 inches per hour over the last 24 hours. (0309hrs.)
Houston FD assessed for sandbags at property on Longbow in Enchanted Forest Subdivision – property too far gone, resident advised to evacuate. (0309hrs.) Dr. Deena M. Paramo, Superintendent, assures families that safety is the number one priority for the school district. "We know that school is a safe place for children and learning will occur today."
On days when inclimate weather and flooding such as has occurred this week, there are st
udents who cannot safely be transported by bus or driven by their families to school. "I urge families to use their own good judgment about whether it is safe for their children to come to school today," she said. "Being in a safe place with caring adults is the best place for all children. School is a safe place. We know that we have parents who have to go to work early and keeping schools open provides that safe place for their children."
A list of road closures where buses will not travel will follow. "Please know that for those children who are not at school today because of the weather related issues, they will have an opportunity to make up any learning missed."
The road closures effects about 5% of the MSBSD student population. "It is important that children feel safe and having a sense of normalcy, coming to school, is that safe place for most of our Borough families and our children."
"While schools are open, we understand that some students will be absent today. Students will have the ability to make up the learning if they miss school, " said Dr. Paramo. The families effected by the flooding and inclimate weather this week are about 5% of the MSBSD student population. "It may be best for those students who live where buses cannot safely travel or families drive them to school, that they are not at school today. However, for the majority of our students, it is a help to parents for schools to be open, learning to occur, and daily routines to be followed as best as possible. When parents have to leave home early for work, it is helpful for them to know that their children are cared for in a safe place--school--and that they are learning today."
Safety is always the District's first concern. Safety includes providing a place where children are with caring adults.
If you have questions, you may call the Public Information Office at 746-9251, Catherine Esary, Public Information Officer.Editor's Note: The Mat-Su School District shared this update around 5:30 a.m., Sep. 21.