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Holiday storms cause floods, power outages

Alaska, USA
Photographer: McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
Gale-force winds Sunday afternoon slam a 22.3-foot tide past a homemade breakwater protecting John and Elizaberth Chapple's Spit home and other nearby structures.

Three storms that hit the Kenai Peninsula one after another brought unwelcomed flooding, disrupted air traffic and damaged roads. Gale-force winds last Sunday afternoon (11/25) slammed a 22.3-foot tide past a homemade breakwater protecting a home and other nearby structures. Across Kachemak Bay, THE WIND'S STRENGTH SURPASSED ANYTHING SELDOVIA RESIDENTS HAD EXPERIENCED. "We've lived here 37 years and I've never seen anything like it. It takes a 5.6 earthquake to move this house, but this house shook and shuddered for hours." The worst impact was a surge of water through the Homer sewer treatment plant. Normally, about 600,000 gallons of water a day goes through the plant. Last week's storms saw 1.2 million gallons a day go through the treatment plant a violation of the cap set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The recent series of three storms began impacting the area Nov. 16. Flooding in the Anchor River crested at 15.9 feet at 9 a.m. Friday and was the fourth highest ever recorded. Winds during last week's storms reached 48 miles per hour at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving morning.
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