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Eielson base housing floods during record rainfall

Nick Puhk, Davis, Gonzalez, and Rodriguez maintenance employee, loads saturated carpet into a box truck Aug. 7, 2008, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Eielson received more rainfall in the past couple weeks than it receives all year. With this much rain fall in a short amount of time, the local area is experiencing mass flooding; there are currently more than 65 homes that have up to of six inches of water in their basements. The DGR housing maintenance office is working on restoring all basements that have water damage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder) (Released)

Nick Puhk, Davis, Gonzalez, and Rodriguez maintenance employee, loads saturated carpet into a box truck Aug. 7 at Eielson AFB. Eielson received more rainfall in the past couple weeks than it receives all year. With this much rain fall in a short amount of time, the local area is experiencing mass flooding; there are currently more than 65 homes that have up to of six inches of water in their basements. The DGR housing maintenance office is working on restoring all basements that have water damage. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder)

Capt. Tammy Colvin walks across her basement floor covered with water as she moves items from the basement to higher ground Aug. 7, 2008, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Eielson received more rainfall in the past couple weeks than it receives all year. With this much rain fall in a short amount of time the local area is experiencing mass flooding; there are currently more than 65 homes that have up to six inches of water in their basements. The Davis, Gonzalez, and Rodriguez housing maintenance office is working on restoring all basements that have water damage. Captain Colvin is assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing Comptroller Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder) (Released)

Capt. Tammy Colvin walks across her basement floor covered with water as she moves items from the basement to higher ground Aug. 7 at Eielson AFB. Eielson received more rainfall in the past couple weeks than it receives all year. With this much rain fall in a short amount of time the local area is experiencing mass flooding; there are currently more than 65 homes that have up to six inches of water in their basements. The Davis, Gonzalez, and Rodriguez housing maintenance office is working on restoring all basements that have water damage. Captain Colvin is assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing Comptroller Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder)

Denis Murphy a Davis, Gonzalez, and Rodriguez maintenance employee pumps water out of a flooded utilidor Aug. 7, 2008, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Eielson received more rainfall in the past couple weeks than it receives all year. With this much rain fall in a short amount of time the local area is experiencing mass flooding; there are currently more than 65 homes that have up to six inches of water in their basements. The DGR housing maintenance office is working on restoring all basements that have water damage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder) (Released)

Denis Murphy a Davis, Gonzalez, and Rodriguez maintenance employee pumps water out of a flooded utilidor Aug. 7 at Eielson AFB. Eielson received more rainfall in the past couple weeks than it receives all year. With this much rain fall in a short amount of time the local area is experiencing mass flooding; there are currently more than 65 homes that have up to six inches of water in their basements. The DGR housing maintenance office is working on restoring all basements that have water damage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder) (Released)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Earlier this month residents at Eielson AFB experienced the wettest July on record causing more than 80 base homes in Moose Lake and French Creek to flood.

The rainfall, averaging 7.3 inches, was caused by thunderstorms in the local area and not only affected Eielson. 

Flooding along the Salcha and Tanana Rivers caused areas in the town of Salcha  to be evacuated according to the National Weather Service in Fairbanks.

The National Weather Service  also reported this was the second highest rainfall in interior Alaska's history, second only to the 7.47 inches received in August 1967.

Some base homes were predisposed to the flooding by being built below the water table, causing some basements to flood with up to six inches of water resulting in residents having to remove all personal belongings in a hurry.

"The basement is my daughter's room, she was sleeping when the water alarm went off," said Capt. Tammy Colvin, 354th Comptroller Squadron deputy budget chief. "She had to call me when I was at work to help move all the furniture."

The water, which took a whole day to drain out of her basement, and another day to cut up the soaked carpet and remove, caused significant changes in the daily routines of herself and her neighbors.

"One way it has really disrupted my daily life is that I spent $50 on a week's worth of laundry in North Pole," said Captain Colvin.

Base residents can afford to take a sigh of relief as a committee of officials have put together solutions and resources to help flood victims on base.

One solution has been the decision to open one of the contingency dormitory laundry rooms for flood victim's use, according to officials.

A team of laborers from DGR management helped families remove damaged drywall and carpet, large furniture such as pianos out of basements, and pumping water from homes.