Several homes along the Matanuska River in Butte continue to experience flooding.
On Saturday, less than a week after water began to rise, dozens of volunteers, community members and public officials met at the Butte Fire Station to restock depleted resources from the past couple of weeks.
Volunteers braved the cold and spent several hours turning 40 cubic yards of sand into roughly 1,000 sandbags.
"Just having these sandbags on standby," said Casey Cook, emergency manager for the Mat-Su Borough, "greatly increases the response time and capabilities, so we don't have to fill sandbags at 3 in the morning when it's 20 below."
Borough officials said they have used nearly 10,000 sandbags since September 2012, but they ran out completely after last week's flooding.
Mat-Su Borough Assemblyman Jim Sykes said sandbags are really just a “band aid” solution to a long-term problem that residents want to be resolved.
“They would like to see some action,” said Mat-Su Borough Assemblyman Jim Sykes. “But at the present time, it's not clear which action is going to be the most beneficial and so it's a matter of finding a good option and making it work and right now sandbags is the best option we've got going."
A number of Butte residents received a rude awakening when they came outside to see their homes were surrounded by water.
Emergency responders arrived on scene between miles 13 and 14 of the Old Glenn Highway around 10 a.m. to a home threatened by a flood, according to Mat-Su Borough officials.
Cook said the flooding is the result of cold weather and a lack of snowfall that caused smaller channels to freeze up.
The small channels would normally flow into the Matanuska River, but instead they were forced to find a new path.
Cook said Butte volunteer fire fighters and residents spent Sunday digging trenches and placing sandbags around threatened homes in an effort to divert the flood waters.
Earlier this year, the Alaska Legislature gave the Mat-Su Borough $2.5 million in grant money to mitigate flooding.
"The borough went to bid and the bids came back more expensive than what we figured," said Sykes. "The options basically are channelizing, building dikes, letting someone mind the gravel on a regular basis or buy out the property owners, but the problem is there is not quite enough money to do that.”
While officials said no evacuations were ordered, residents were urged to get an evacuation plan together in case the water level continues to rise.
Mat-Su Borough officials are continuing to monitor the situation.