EOTW #10

  1. Why have we not had such severe floods since 1967?

The Chena river now diverts into the Tanana river when the water level rises too high. The Tanana is lined with dikes now to keep it from flooding Fairbanks.

  1.  Briefly describe at least one positive outcome that emerged as a result of the flood damage and losses.

The Flood Act of 1968 passed, partially due to the Fairbanks flood, giving the city of Fairbanks funds to establish the Chena River Lakes Flood Control Project.

The Fairbanks Memorial Hospital was established after the community came together to fund it and flood control projects were the main positive outcomes of the floods.

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  1. Why have we not had such severe floods since 1967?

    According to the Flood control act of 1968, the Federal Government assisted in providing flood protection to those that lived in the flood plane in the Fairbanks area. The building of damns and levees ensured “Fair-banks” lived up to its name. There was a 22 mile long levee constructed along the Tanana River as well as a damn constructed on the Chena river 17 miles away from Fairbanks. There were steel panels installed that have thwarted similar floods from happening over the years.

    Briefly describe at least one positive outcome that emerged as a result of the flood damage and losses.

    Every one put aside their differences when this disaster occurred. The volunteers worked together to create sand bag damns to attempt to stop the floods. Although this attempt failed, this is a highlight of fortitude and togetherness. The University allowed people to come to “University hill” to seek refuge. The high school did as well. This is such a true testament to the community and work ethic of those placed in positions of leadership. Although the disaster and flood effects were not mitigated, the community became stronger. The businesses that experienced loss were met with fund raising made by the community so that they could keep their doors open. After the flood occurred there was a great amount of work done by the community to shovel sediment left behind. Although 4 lives were lost, today Fairbanks can look behind in the history books at how well the handled tragedy, and turned it into triumph.

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