Chena Flood Control Project to receive stimulus funds

Posted: Monday, May 11, 2009

FAIRBANKS - Federal stimulus funds will enable the Chena Flood Control Project to replace faulty drainage pipes and remodel its office.

The funds are part of nearly $50 million being awarded for Alaska civil works projects by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The facility, which can reroute flood water from the Chena River, was spurred by the 1967 floods that swamped much of Fairbanks and surrounding areas.

The funding includes $4.6 million to remodel the project office at the Chena River Lakes Project and $900,000 to replace faulty "relief wells." Those are the large pipes that protrude from the 8-mile-long earthen dam. The pipes drain groundwater to protect the dam from erosion.

Design work will be completed this summer and most work done next year.

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