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Corps hosts public meeting for Talkeetna flood risk reduction study

USACE Alaska District
Published Sept. 16, 2021

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON – Representatives for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District will host a dual virtual/in-person public meeting Wednesday, September 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. for anyone interested in learning about the Talkeetna Flood Risk Reduction Study. The public will have an opportunity to ask questions and submit comments throughout the presentation.

The live presentation will be at the Don Sheldon Community Arts Hangar in Talkeetna. The presentation will simultaneously be available virtually.

Under Section 205 of the Flood Control Act of 1948, USACE is studying the fluvial flooding in Talkeetna that threatens critical infrastructure including the railroad bridges, public businesses, private residences, utilities, and historic properties. The purpose of the study is to find engineering solutions that reduces the flood risk to health and safety for the Talkeetna community and its infrastructure over a 50-year period of analysis.

Known as the “Gateway to Denali,” Talkeetna is a community of about 900 people located in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough 75 miles north of Anchorage. It is a highly sought-after tourist destination with about 240,000 people visiting annually.

Copies of the presentation will be available for download by September 17 from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough project website at; as well as the Talkeetna Community Council website at

Please see the attached instructions for more information and how to join the virtual public meeting.

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John Budnik

Release no. 21-019