Road damage in Seward prompts call for help

Waves hitting Seward waterfront
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SEWARD, Alaska (KTUU) - The City of Seward is asking for help after high tides and strong waves damaged the only road in and out of the Lowell Point community.

Jim Hunt, Seward's city manager, sent a letter to the Kenai Peninsula Borough requesting assistance.

Hunt wrote "On Monday, Resurrection Bay experienced a 13.7’ high tide in conjunction with high southerly winds and storm surge. This combination of events caused serious erosion to the road that begins in South Seward and terminates in the village of Lowell Point and provides singular access to the State Park."

Hunt said in summer, the road affected by the wave action is the second highest traveled road in the area.

"Much of the armor rock has been washed free of the roadside. In some areas 10’ or more of road has washed away" Hunt wrote.

Seward officials say the road, through an easement, has critical city sewer and electric infrastructure embedded within it.

Hunt added "the assessment of damage, let alone repair, is far beyond the city’s resources. The city’s waterfront RV/camping areas also experienced erosion."

Hunt said city officials have concern for life and property in Lowell Point and for the infrastructure, and said his office is preparing a declaration of emergency to send to the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

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