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Dam Protects Fairbanks From Another '67 Flood

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Dan Bross
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KUAC

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.

Dan has been in public radio news in Alaska since 1993. He’s worked as a reporter, newscaster and talk show host at stations in McGrath, Valdez and Fairbanks. Dan’s experience includes coverage of a wide range of topics, from wolf control to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and dog mushing.