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Photos: Alaska's Kuskokwim River flooding in May 2012

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  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published May 16, 2012

A second village has evacuated residents to Bethel as sheets of river ice slam and crash down the Kuskokwim River, causing floods as they plug up in bends on their way toward the Bering Sea.

This time the evacuation was for Napaskiak, which flew 62 of its women, children, elderly and sick to Bethel Tuesday night, said Jeremy Zidek, spokesman with the state division of emergency management.

With 32 evacuees from the village of Kwethluk having already fled to the Southwest Alaska city of 6,200 on Sunday, four workers with the American Red Cross of Alaska turned the Kilbuck Elementary School into a shelter Tuesday night.

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