Flooding in Safeway can be seen here in Soldotna, Alaska, on Jan. 13, 2020. (Photo courtesy Brooke Dobson/Central Emergency Services)

Flooding in Safeway can be seen here in Soldotna, Alaska, on Jan. 13, 2020. (Photo courtesy Brooke Dobson/Central Emergency Services)

Soldotna Safeway closed after flooding

Cold air likely caused a sprinkler line to freeze.

The Safeway in Soldotna is closed until further notice due to extensive flooding in the store.

Brooke Dobson, fire marshal with Central Emergency Services, said that CES responded to Safeway at 3 p.m. on Monday after the store’s water flow alarm notified them of flooding.

Dobson said that cold air likely caused a sprinkler line to freeze, which then caused the sprinkler system to go off. The store was closed while employees and CES mopped up the excess water. Dobson said she spoke with the store manager and determined that Safeway would have to remain closed until a service technician replaces the sprinkler system.

Safeway management did not respond to a phone call from the Clarion requesting comment.

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