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Mar 25 2009
Rain-Saturated Snow Causing Some Flooding
Wednesday, 25 March 2009

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            The two-feet of snow we received this week is now being saturated and melted by rain, and the National Weather Service has a flood advisory in effect for Kodiak. Several areas of deep standing water are already gathering on roads from Women's Bay to Mill Bay. The concern is the saturated snow will clog storm drains and culverts, causing them to back up. The word from the city manager is the conditions will get worst before they get better.

            City schools started an hour later today in an attempt to give kids who walk more daylight, since sidewalks are clogged with snow. The busses picked up kids in Bell's Flats at the AC Express because the roads inside the neighborhood were not plowed wide enough.

            Saint Paul morning preschool was canceled, but the daycare and afternoon preschool will go on as scheduled.

            Heavy rain, up to an inch and a half, is expected as a large and warm Pacific low sweeps over the island. The same storm is also causing a blizzard warning for Seward, Portage and the Turnagain Arm. The flood advisory went into effect at 10 this morning, and will remain in effect until 5 a.m. Tuesday.

            Stay tuned to KMXT for regular weather updates throughout the day.

 
Mar 24 2009
Kodiak Tries to Dig Out
Tuesday, 24 March 2009

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           Much of Kodiak is essentially shut down today after one of the biggest winter storms on record hit the island. A foot of snow has fallen since midnight, according to the National Weather Service in Kodiak, with 20 inches total since early Monday. The all-time total for this date is 17-point-8 inches in 1956.
           The State Department of Transportation reported an avalanche blocking the Chiniak Highway just past the Coast Guard Base. One lane was opened by 7:30, and it was cleared a couple hours later.
           Deputy Harbormaster Lon White said one small boat sank at Saint Paul Harbor because of the snow load, and several others are in peril of going under as well. He urged boat owners to check their vessels as soon as they can. The snow was so bad during the height of the storm overnight that White said it was impossible for the four-by-four harbor trucks to make it to Saint Herman Harbor on Near Island. He said the harbor crew is “digging out, like everyone else,” today.
           Airport operations have been suspended, and crews were still plowing the runway at noon. A spokesperson at Era Aviation said they expect that to be done by 2 p.m.
           School in Kodiak was canceled. Parents got the word from an automated phone message sent to them at 11 o’clock last night.
           Kodiak Police Chief T.C. Kamai said his department has not seen many accidents, but has mostly been dealing with vehicles stuck on or beside the roadways. He said even a couple of his department’s Ford Expedition SUVs got stuck, something he said he never thought he’d see happen.
           As for road conditions, the chief says they are marginal. He said they are drivable, but slippery. Roads in the city’s residential areas are narrow to begin with, and with snow removal crews plowing, they’re even harder to navigate. He recommends people stay home if they absolutely don’t need to go out.
           Debra Marlar, the city clerk, e-mailed saying the city offices were closed and that tonight’s council work session has been rescheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. The city is operating on a skeleton crew. The Kodiak Island Borough offices are closed, as well.
           Also closed: the city’s A. Holmes Johnson Public Library, the Saint Paul Preschool Daycare, Kodiak Christian School, the Kodiak Baptist Mission school programs, the KANA offices, as well as the WIC and Infant Learning programs, State Job Service Center, Kodiak Island Housing Authority, Kodiak College and the Kodiak Senior Citizens’ Center. The senior center will not be making home delivery of meals, and its Island Cove is closed as well. The Community Health Center at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center is closed, and specialty clinics have been cancelled. The emergency room is open.
           But it’s not just offices and schools that have been shut down due to the storm. Many residents find themselves trapped at home by the snow, which was whipped into five- six- or even seven-foot drifts in some places, making driveways impassible. Commercial snowplow drivers are being stretched thin, and some are reportedly assisting the city and borough.
           White’s advice to those who absolutely don’t need to leave their homes: Hunker down and enjoy the weather. The forecast is calling for five more inches of snow today and tonight, with mixed rain and snow Wednesday.

 
Mar 24 2009
Assembly, Spenard Recognize Beautification Efforts
Tuesday, 24 March 2009

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            The first Kodiak Island Borough Beautification Awards were presented at last week's assembly meeting. Three awards were presented, for individual, residential and commercial.

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Mar 23 2009
Kodiak Under Blizzard Warning
Monday, 23 March 2009

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            A winter storm watch issued Sunday warned of a large, slow-moving low south of Kodiak Island that could bring up to 20-inches of snow over the next few days. That watch was replaced Monday afternoon with a full-on blizzard warning.

            City Public Works Director Mark Kozak said the first blast of snow Sunday night and early Monday was less than his crews expected, but was already picking up by mid-day.

            Less than two weeks ago almost all the snow in town had melted, and some motorcyclists were even seen out and about. Overall though, according to Kozak, it hasn't been too snowy of a winter, saving the city some money.

            Kozak is also keeping his eye on the ash fall predictions from Mount Redoubt, which could force him to take his plows, snow-blowers and dump trucks off the road to protect their engines from the damaging ash-fall.

            Even without the blizzard, Era Aviation announced that the Redoubt eruption has forced them to cancel some of their flights, and most of Alaska's flights in-state have also been canceled.

            The blizzard warning went into effect at 4 this (Monday) afternoon, and calls for snow and blowing snow, with winds gusting to 50 miles per hour, reducing visibility to a quarter-mile or less at times. As the large storm system moves eastward, the snow and winds should diminish overnight. The blizzard warning is in effect until 5 a.m. Tuesday.

 
Mar 23 2009
Mt. Redoubt Erupting
Monday, 23 March 2009

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            Mount Redoubt is erupting near Anchorage.  The volcano exploded several times late last night and this morning, sending ash columns as high as 60-thousand-feet in the air. Winds are pushing the ash west of the most populated areas of the state. But a thin layer of heavy residue has fallen on the isolated village of Skwentna. Dozens of flights in and out of Anchorage have been canceled. 

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