With storm drains aging, Anchorage mayor wants a new way to fix chronic problems

As Hurricane Harvey unleashed devastating floods in Houston and other Texas cities last week, officials in Anchorage couldn't help thinking about a storm even a fraction of that size striking the city's aging storm drains.

"Our infrastructure's getting old," said Jason Bockenstedt, deputy chief of staff for Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and a former member of the city's project management and engineering department. "Even with just a small rain, it fills people's yards."

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