Butte residents Dan and Pat Huddleson have a beautiful overlook of the Matanuska River from the top of a dike at the edge of their property. The view, near mile 13 of the Old Glenn Highway, got a little more peculiar and much more alarming earlier this week when a house fell into the river about a mile upstream and came to rest a few hundred yards from their 6-acre parcel. “I’m going to lose all my property if they don’t do something up here real soon,” Pat said Wednesday.
As upsetting as it is to see the submerged house, the Huddlesons say they aren’t surprised. The couple says they’ve watched the dike, which they say was built in the mid-80s, erode from a width of 20-feet to it’s current width of about 5 feet. They blame the current situation on a lack of upkeep on the dike. “These houses wouldn’t be in the river if they would’ve done maintenance,” Dan says. Listen to the audio below for more of the couple’s perspective.