City crew continues cleanup after mud flood

Officials say they'll help Filipino Community pay for repairs to S. Franklin St. hall

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2002

City crews worked today to complete repairs and the cleanup from a water main break and mudslide that damaged Gastineau Avenue and the Filipino Community Hall on Sunday night.

Though some Gastineau residents were without water for most of Monday, their homes were hooked up to a temporary water system by 5 p.m., said Jeffrey Wilson, an engineer on the construction team contracted almost a year ago to install sidewalks, repave and rebuild Gastineau Avenue.

The street was expected to reopen to traffic by 5 p.m. today. Meantime, residents received passes to use the Marine View Building parking garage downtown and were able to get into their homes, Wilson said.

Today crews are concentrating on stabilizing the hillside, Wilson said.

"Luckily we have had this dry weather so the hillside wasn't completely saturated," he said. "The water pretty much went over the surface of the hill and never really got the chance to soak into the dirt so it didn't do as much damage as it could have and left the hill pretty well intact."

Wilson said crews will continue filling holes in the hill, hydroseeding and installing mesh to keep the hill from sliding. Wilson said he is confident the hillside is stable and will sustain further construction in the Gastineau Avenue area.

South Franklin Street, directly below Gastineau Avenue, was cleaned Monday, Wilson said. Crews dug out storm drains and are completing a regularly scheduled sewer replacement project today near the Filipino Hall.

City Risk Management Officer Tim Allen said the city plans to have its insurance company help members of the Filipino Community recover from damages incurred by the slide.

"It was our water main that broke," he said. "We'll get try to help them out any way we can."

Filipino Community President Dannie Lazaro was unavailable for comment by the Empire's mid-day deadline.

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