Dam Protects Fairbanks From Another '67 Flood

Aug 15, 2017

The flood that devastated Fairbanks 50 years ago this week had broad repercussions. The flood which displaced 7 thousand people, caused 80 million dollars in property damage, inspired creation of the national flood insurance program and prompted federal construction of the Chena Flood Control project. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the dam and levy system in North Pole regulate flow of the Chena River through Fairbanks in times of high water, ensuring there will never be another catastrophic flood.

Chena Flood Control project manager Tim Feavel stands inside the "gallery", from where giant gates can be lowered to divert flow of the Chena River.
Credit Dan Bross / KUAC