This story about the university's important role in Fairbanks' 1967 flood appeared in July-August 1967 issue of Now in the North.
Neighboring residents responded with a variety of pumps but none had hoses. After another urgent call, hoses were brought and plant workmen hurriedly improvised a Frankenstein-like maze of pumps and hoses and the fight to keep the water down jumped into a higher gear.
By 5 p.m. of that August 15, the battle to save the plant had gone on for nine hours and at that point, the army of volunteers and plant workmen were staying even with the flood waters.
From 5 to 6 p.m., the water rose to within an inch and a half of the control equipment and the situation looked grim. A counter-attack by the pumps and volunteers gained back a half-inch and that's the way things stayed for the next four hours—a stalemate.
At 11 p.m., the U.S. Army rushed a 12,000-gallon-a-minute pump to the scene and after that, the battle turned quickly. The flood waters retreated in the basement and the fight to save the plant was won. Later in the week, the plant again began receiving power front Golden Valley and the crisis began to ease even further.
At the end of two weeks the plant was back to normal operation and except for cleanup work, there was little evidence that the plant had been the focal point of one of the most dramatic developments in the university's role as an evacuation center.
History of Chena River Lakes Flood Control Project
Alaska Science Forum Cause of the 1967 Fairbanks Flood, Article #177, August 6, 1977, by T. Neil Davis
Alaska Science Forum Jet Streams, Wet Weather, and Floods: Article #1504, August 24, 2000 by Ned Rozell
Slides of the 1967 Flood
Audio of Doris Southhall on her experience of the 1967 flood.
Alaska Science Forum 1905 Archdeacon Stuck's Flood Article #878, June 20, 1988, by Sue Ann Bowling