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Flood warning continues for Fort Yukon

Kyle Hopkins
Photo courtesy Ed Plumb (NWS) Yukon River flooding at Galena on May 28, 2013.
Ed Plumb
Yukon River ice and flood waters surround the community of Galena on Monday, May 27, 2013. The airport is at top of photograph.
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Photo courtesy Ed Plumb (NWS) Yukon River flooding at Galena on May 28, 2013.
Ed Plumb
Yukon River ice and flood waters surround the community of Galena on Monday, May 27, 2013. The airport is at top of photograph.
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The Yukon River began breaking up early Friday morning, May 17, 2013. Several houses have been damaged or destroyed by moving ice.
Ed Christensen
Photo by Scott Lindsey, National Weather Service Aerial photo of Yukon River flooding at Circle on Sunday morning, May 19, 2013.
Scott Lindsey
Photo courtesy Ed Plumb (NWS) Yukon River flooding at Galena on May 28, 2013.
Ed Plumb
Yukon River ice and flood waters surround the community of Galena on Monday, May 27, 2013.
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Ed Plumb / National Weather Service A Galena resident and his dogs were trapped in the boat for over two days. May 29, 2013. Galena was inundated by Yukon River flood waters, caused by an ice jam at the end of May 2013.
Ed Plumb
Yukon River ice and flood waters surround the community of Galena on Monday, May 27, 2013.
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The Yukon River began breaking up early Friday morning, May 17, 2013. Several houses have been damaged or destroyed by moving ice.
Ed Christensen
Yukon River at Eagle, Alaska on May 16, 2013.
John Borg
Photo courtesy Ed Plumb (NWS) Yukon River flooding at Galena on May 28, 2013.
Ed Plumb
Yukon River ice and flood waters surround the community of Galena on Monday, May 27, 2013.
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Ed Plumb / National Weather Service Galena was inundated by Yukon River flood waters, caused by an ice jam at the end of May 2013.
Ed Plumb
Yukon River ice and flood waters surround the community of Galena on Monday, May 27, 2013.
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The Yukon River began breaking up early Friday morning, May 17, 2013. Several houses have been damaged or destroyed by moving ice.
Ed Christensen
Yukon River flooding at Eagle City, Alaska on May 17, 2013.
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Photo courtesy Ed Plumb (NWS) Yukon River flooding at Galena on May 28, 2013.
Ed Plumb
Yukon River ice and flood waters surround the community of Galena on Monday, May 27, 2013. The airport is at top of photograph.
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Ed Plumb / National Weather Service Galena was inundated by Yukon River flood waters, caused by an ice jam May 28, 2013.
Ed Plumb
Aerial view of the Yukon River flooding at Fort Yukon on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Flood waters line the airport at left of photograph.
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The Yukon River began breaking up early Friday morning, May 17, 2013. Several houses in Eagle have been damaged or destroyed by moving ice.
Photo by Ed Christensen
Yukon River flooding at Eagle, Alaska on May 17, 2013.
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Ed Plumb / National Weather Service A Galena resident and his dogs were trapped in the boat for over two days. May 29, 2013. Galena was inundated by Yukon River flood waters, caused by an ice jam at the end of May 2013.
Ed Plumb
Yukon River ice and flood waters surround the community of Galena on Monday, May 27, 2013.
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Ed Plumb / National Weather Service Galena was inundated by Yukon River flood waters, caused by an ice jam at the end of May 2013.
Ed Plumb
Aerial view of the Yukon River flooding at Fort Yukon on Monday, May 20, 2013. Flood waters line the airport at top of photograph.
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The Yukon River began breaking up early Friday morning, May 17, 2013. Several houses in Eagle have been damaged or destroyed by moving ice.
Photo by Ed Christensen
Yukon River ice at mouth of the Fortymile River on May 18, 2013.
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Ed Plumb / National Weather Service Galena was inundated by Yukon River flood waters, caused by an ice jam at the end of May 2013.
Ed Plumb
Yukon River ice and flood waters surround the community of Galena on Monday, May 27, 2013.
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The town of Galena, Alaska flooded as the Yukon River overflowed during the breakup of winter ice. Thirty-two residents and nineteen dogs were transported on an Alaska Air National Guard C-130 “Hercules” aircraft from Galena to Fairbanks May 28 to wait for the water levels to subside. Photo by Sgt. Edward Eagerton, Alaska National Guard Public AffairsPhoto by Sgt. Edward Eagerton, Alaska National Guard Public Affairs
Sgt. Edward Eagerton
Aerial view of Yukon RIver flooding at Fort Yukon, Alaska on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
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The Yukon River began breaking up early Friday morning, May 17, 2013. Several houses in Eagle have been damaged or destroyed by moving ice.
Photo by Ed Christensen
Yukon RIver ice damage at Eagle, Alaska on May 18, 2013.
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Ed Plumb / National Weather Service Galena was inundated by Yukon River flood waters, caused by an ice jam May 28, 2013.
Ed Plumb
Aerial view of the Yukon River flooding at Fort Yukon on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Flood waters line the airport at left of photograph.
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The town of Galena, Alaska flooded as the Yukon River overflowed during the breakup of winter ice. Thirty-two residents and nineteen dogs were transported on an Alaska Air National Guard C-130 “Hercules” aircraft from Galena to Fairbanks May 28 to wait for the water levels to subside. Photo by Sgt. Edward Eagerton, Alaska National Guard Public Affairs
Sgt. Edward Eagerton
Aerial view of Yukon RIver flooding at Fort Yukon, Alaska on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
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The Yukon River began breaking up early Friday morning, May 17, 2013. Several houses have been damaged or destroyed by moving ice.
Ed Christensen
Yukon River flooding at Eagle, Alaska on May 18, 2013.
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Ed Plumb / National Weather Service Galena was inundated by Yukon River flood waters, caused by an ice jam at the end of May 2013.
Ed Plumb
Aerial view of the Yukon River flooding at Fort Yukon on Monday, May 20, 2013. Flood waters line the airport at top of photograph.
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Alaska Air National Guardsmen Staff Sgt. Colton Nelson (left), a loadmaster with the 144th Airlift Squadron, and Master Sgt. Brandon Stuemke, a pararescueman with the 212th Rescue Squadron, escort residents of Galena, Alaska to an awaiting C-130 “Hercules” to be transported to Fairbanks, May 28. Thirty-two residents and nineteen dogs were transported on an Alaska Air National Guard C-130 “Hercules” aircraft from Galena to Fairbanks to wait for the water levels to subside. Photo by Sgt. Edward Eagerton, Alaska National Guard Public AffairsThe Alaska National Guard sent multiple aircraft and rescue personnel to the rural Alaska village to assist with rescue efforts. Photo by Sgt. Edward Eagerton, Alaska National Guard Public Affairs
Sgt. Edward Eagerton
Aerial view of Yukon RIver near Fort Yukon, Alaska on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
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The Yukon River began breaking up early Friday morning, May 17, 2013. Several houses have been damaged or destroyed by moving ice.
Ed Christensen
Yukon RIver near Eagle, Alaska on May 18, 2013.
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The town of Galena, Alaska flooded as the Yukon River overflowed during the breakup of winter ice. Thirty-two residents and nineteen dogs were transported on an Alaska Air National Guard C-130 “Hercules” aircraft from Galena to Fairbanks May 28 to wait for the water levels to subside. Photo by Sgt. Edward Eagerton, Alaska National Guard Public AffairsPhoto by Sgt. Edward Eagerton, Alaska National Guard Public Affairs
Sgt. Edward Eagerton
Aerial view of Yukon RIver flooding at Fort Yukon, Alaska on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
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Pararescuemen with the 212th Rescue Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard help residents of Galena, Alaska into a C-130 “Hercules” during an evacuation of the town, May 28. Galena flooded as the Yukon River overflowed during the breakup of winter ice. Residents of the town were transported to Fairbanks to wait for the water levels to subside. The Alaska National Guard sent multiple aircraft and rescue personnel to the rural Alaska village to assist with rescue efforts. Photo by Sgt. Edward Eagerton, Alaska National Guard Public Affairs
Sgt. Edward Eagerton
Satellite image of the Yukon River on May 19, 2013.
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The Yukon River began breaking up early Friday morning, May 17, 2013. Several houses have been damaged or destroyed by moving ice.
Pat Sanders
Yukon River flooding at Eagle, Alaska on May 17, 2013.
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The town of Galena, Alaska flooded as the Yukon River overflowed during the breakup of winter ice. Thirty-two residents and nineteen dogs were transported on an Alaska Air National Guard C-130 “Hercules” aircraft from Galena to Fairbanks May 28 to wait for the water levels to subside. Photo by Sgt. Edward Eagerton, Alaska National Guard Public Affairs
Sgt. Edward Eagerton
Jon Korta rips up his hardwood floor Monday, June 3, 2013, after the Yukon River flooded Galena, Alaska last week. The flood caused by ice clogging the Yukon River submerged some homes, washed out the road to the community's landfill and knocked out power. On Monday, emergency responders were developing a strategy to collect spoiled meat and fly it by helicopter to the dump, said Jeremy Zidek, spokesman for the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. (AP Photo/The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Sam Harrel)
Sam Harrel
Aerial view of Yukon RIver flooding at Fort Yukon, Alaska on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
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Paul Apfelbeck Galena resident Paul Apfelbeck and other residents flew to Fairbanks via an Alaska Air National Guard C-130 Tuesday, May 28, 2013.
Paul Apfelbeck
Photo courtesy National Weather Service Yukon River ice rests near a cabin in Circle during flooding on May 21, 2013.
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The Yukon River began breaking up early Friday morning, May 17, 2013. Several houses have been damaged or destroyed by moving ice.
Pat Sanders
Yukon RIver ice at Eagle, Alaska on May 19, 2013.
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Alaska Air National Guardsmen Staff Sgt. Colton Nelson (left), a loadmaster with the 144th Airlift Squadron, and Master Sgt. Brandon Stuemke, a pararescueman with the 212th Rescue Squadron, escort residents of Galena, Alaska to an awaiting C-130 “Hercules” to be transported to Fairbanks, May 28. Thirty-two residents and nineteen dogs were transported on an Alaska Air National Guard C-130 “Hercules” aircraft from Galena to Fairbanks to wait for the water levels to subside. Photo by Sgt. Edward Eagerton, Alaska National Guard Public AffairsThe Alaska National Guard sent multiple aircraft and rescue personnel to the rural Alaska village to assist with rescue efforts. Photo by Sgt. Edward Eagerton, Alaska National Guard Public Affairs
Sgt. Edward Eagerton
Iditarod musher Jon Korta's dog yard remains full of water Monday, June 3, 2013, after the Yukon River flooded Galena, Alaska last week. With water as high as his window sills, Korta spent two days in his 24-foot boat tied to his house along with his wife, son and 12 sled dogs. (AP Photo/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Sam Harrel)
SAM HARREL
Aerial view of Yukon RIver near Fort Yukon, Alaska on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
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David Lee Galena is seeing major flooding caused by ice damming on the Yukon River. David Lee took these photos May 27, 2013 between 8AM and 9AM.
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Yukon River ice near Stevens Village on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
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Ice from the Yukon River melts in the yard of Paul Nathaniel on Monday morning, May 20, 2013, at Circle. An ice jam Sunday morning caused the river to rise rapidly flooding the village 160 miles northwest of Fairbanks. According to Nathaniel's brother, Sam Nathaniel, the cabin was located to the left of the van before the ice pushed it off it's foundation.
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Yukon RIver ice at Eagle, Alaska on May 18, 2013.
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Pararescuemen with the 212th Rescue Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard help residents of Galena, Alaska into a C-130 “Hercules” during an evacuation of the town, May 28. Galena flooded as the Yukon River overflowed during the breakup of winter ice. Residents of the town were transported to Fairbanks to wait for the water levels to subside. The Alaska National Guard sent multiple aircraft and rescue personnel to the rural Alaska village to assist with rescue efforts. Photo by Sgt. Edward Eagerton, Alaska National Guard Public Affairs
Sgt. Edward Eagerton
John Korta's car dries out on Monday, June 3, 2013 in Galena, Alaska. The car had been under water after the area was flooded. The flood caused by ice clogging the Yukon River submerged some homes, washed out the road to the community's landfill and knocked out power. On Monday, emergency responders were developing a strategy to collect spoiled meat and fly it by helicopter to the dump, said Jeremy Zidek, spokesman for the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. (AP Photo/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Sam Harrel)
SAM HARREL
Satellite image of the Yukon River on May 19, 2013.
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Yukon River ice and flood waters surround the community of Galena on Monday, May 27, 2013.
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A structure damaged by Yukon River ice during the flooding in Circle on May 21, 2013.
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ANDREW NEASON / Alaska State Troopers Water rose rapidly five to eight feet Sunday morning May 19, 2013 in Circle, Alaska, reaching or flooding the majority of structures in town.
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Yukon River ice at Eagle, Alaska on May 18, 2013.
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Jon Korta rips up his hardwood floor Monday, June 3, 2013, after the Yukon River flooded Galena, Alaska last week. The flood caused by ice clogging the Yukon River submerged some homes, washed out the road to the community's landfill and knocked out power. On Monday, emergency responders were developing a strategy to collect spoiled meat and fly it by helicopter to the dump, said Jeremy Zidek, spokesman for the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. (AP Photo/The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Sam Harrel)
Sam Harrel
Paul Apfelbeck Galena resident Paul Apfelbeck and other residents flew to Fairbanks via an Alaska Air National Guard C-130 Tuesday, May 28, 2013.
Paul Apfelbeck
This June 2, 2013 photo shows Louden Loop in Galena, Alaska, after the area was flooded. The flood caused by ice clogging the Yukon River submerged some homes, washed out the road to the community's landfill and knocked out power. On Monday, emergency responders were developing a strategy to collect spoiled meat and fly it by helicopter to the dump, said Jeremy Zidek, spokesman for the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. (AP Photo/The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Sam Harrel)
SAM HARREL
Photo courtesy National Weather Service Yukon River ice rests near a cabin in Circle during flooding on May 21, 2013.
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Yukon River ice and flood waters surround the community of Galena on Monday, May 27, 2013.
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Sam Nathaniel climbs over a log following his neighbor Gary Bessette as they climb over blocks of Yukon River ice Monday, May 20, 2013, at Circle. An ice jam Sunday morning caused the river to rise rapidly flooding the village 160 miles northwest of Fairbanks. Bessette, behind Nathaniel, had spend the night with his canoe after evacuating his home as it flooded.
Sam Harrel
ANDREW NEASON / Alaska State Troopers Water rose rapidly five to eight feet Sunday morning May 19, 2013 in Circle, Alaska, reaching or flooding the majority of structures in town.
ANDREW NEASON
Iditarod musher Jon Korta's dog yard remains full of water Monday, June 3, 2013, after the Yukon River flooded Galena, Alaska last week. With water as high as his window sills, Korta spent two days in his 24-foot boat tied to his house along with his wife, son and 12 sled dogs. (AP Photo/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Sam Harrel)
SAM HARREL
David Lee Galena is seeing major flooding caused by ice damming on the Yukon River. David Lee took these photos May 27, 2013 between 8AM and 9AM.
David Lee
Photo courtesy Ed Plumb (NWS) Yukon River flooding at Galena on May 28, 2013.
Ed Plumb
Yukon River ice and flood waters surround the community of Galena on Monday, May 27, 2013. The airport is at top of photograph.
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A dozer pushes Yukon River ice out of the way as crews look for Circle's fresh water well Monday, May 20, 2013. The well needs to be tested after an ice jam Sunday morning caused the river to rise rapidly flooding the village 160 miles northwest of Fairbanks.
Sam Harrel
ANDREW NEASON / Alaska State Troopers Water rose rapidly five to eight feet Sunday morning May 19, 2013 in Circle, Alaska, reaching or flooding the majority of structures in town.
ANDREW NEASON
John Korta's car dries out on Monday, June 3, 2013 in Galena, Alaska. The car had been under water after the area was flooded. The flood caused by ice clogging the Yukon River submerged some homes, washed out the road to the community's landfill and knocked out power. On Monday, emergency responders were developing a strategy to collect spoiled meat and fly it by helicopter to the dump, said Jeremy Zidek, spokesman for the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. (AP Photo/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Sam Harrel)
SAM HARREL
Yukon River ice and flood waters surround the community of Galena on Monday, May 27, 2013.
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Photo courtesy Ed Plumb (NWS) Yukon River flooding at Galena on May 28, 2013.
Ed Plumb
Yukon River ice and flood waters surround the community of Galena on Monday, May 27, 2013.
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The Yukon River began breaking up early Friday morning, May 17, 2013. Several houses have been damaged or destroyed by moving ice.
Ed Christensen
ANDREW NEASON / Alaska State Troopers Water rose rapidly five to eight feet Sunday morning May 19, 2013 in Circle, Alaska, reaching or flooding the majority of structures in town.
ANDREW NEASON
This June 2, 2013 photo shows Louden Loop in Galena, Alaska, after the area was flooded. The flood caused by ice clogging the Yukon River submerged some homes, washed out the road to the community's landfill and knocked out power. On Monday, emergency responders were developing a strategy to collect spoiled meat and fly it by helicopter to the dump, said Jeremy Zidek, spokesman for the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. (AP Photo/The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Sam Harrel)
SAM HARREL
Yukon River ice and flood waters surround the community of Galena on Monday, May 27, 2013.
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Photo courtesy Ed Plumb (NWS) Yukon River flooding at Galena on May 28, 2013.
Ed Plumb
Yukon River ice and flood waters surround the community of Galena on Monday, May 27, 2013.
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The Yukon River began breaking up early Friday morning, May 17, 2013. Several houses have been damaged or destroyed by moving ice.
Ed Christensen
Photo by Scott Lindsey, National Weather Service Aerial photo of Yukon River flooding at Circle on Sunday morning, May 19, 2013.
Scott Lindsey

Water levels dropped in the riverside village of Fort Yukon Wednesday, though Weather Service officials said major flooding remained a threat.

The Weather Service issued a flood warning for the upper Yukon River community of about 600 people through 10 a.m. Thursday. A warning means flooding is imminent or already under way.

Floodwaters covered low lying areas surrounding Fort Yukon earlier in the week but did not appear to be rising Wednesday as the annual Yukon river breakup put villages on alert. The biggest threat came from a sprawling ice jam 12 miles upriver. The blockage created a dam, pooling a lake of water as wide as 10 miles that eventually started to pour overland and drain around the jam.

"It appears that the threat from the dam releasing all at once and coming downriver has diminished," said Ed Plumb, a hydrologist for the Weather Service.

A flood watch team flying in the area found that a portion of the ice jam had released by Tuesday afternoon, allowing some of the water to drain downstream. The Yukon is still frozen downriver from Fort Yukon, however, meaning the community remains in danger of flooding if that ice does not go out or another ice jam forms.

"Water levels can rise rapidly and people along the river are encouraged to move property to higher ground away from the riverbank," the flood warning read.

Seven Fort Yukon elders were evacuated from the village to Fairbanks where they are being cared for by the Tanana Chiefs Conference, according to the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The school will serve as a shelter in case of emergency.

The City of Fort Yukon has declared a disaster emergency and asked for state assistance, according a Division of Emergency Management statement. The city urged residents to prepare emergency food and supplies in case emergency shelter or evacuation is necessary.

The Weather Service issued a flood watch for downriver villages from Beaver to Rampart through Friday afternoon.


By KYLE HOPKINS
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