Flood risk on the Kuskokwim increases with ice jam upriver

Ice and water near Bethel as breakup continues.
Ice and water near Bethel as breakup continues.(KTUU)
Published: Apr. 30, 2020 at 11:51 AM AKDT
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An ice jam on the Kuskokwim River has prompted a flood watch for the communities between Aniak and Akiak, including Kalskag and Tuluksak.

The ice jam is downriver from Napaimiut and was causing flooding upstream as of Wednesday. If the ice jam breaks, it could cause extensive flooding downstream.

Residents in those areas should be prepared for possible rapid rises in water levels. The Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center also reports that the threat to the village downstream is pretty high over the next several days.

Mitigation crews are preparing to fly out of Bethel as of Thursday.

More information will be added to this story as it is made available.
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