Friday, May 24, 2013
High Flooding Threat for Kuskokwim River Communities
Officials with the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management plan to have an emergency response team on the ground first thing Thursday.
Villages along the Kuskokwim River are in high alert tonight as they prepare for high waters to hit more communities.
Crooked Creek is the only village hit by the flooding so far, with 70 percent of the community underwater at one point damaging at least 24 homes.
State officials are unsure how extensive the damage is in Crooked Creek, and will not be able to know the full extent until the water recedes.
Aniak is 41 miles downriver from Crooked Creek, and residents are preparing for the worst with the possibility of high waters reaching their community next.
Currently in Aniak, a dike has been set up around the village to keep out the water and ice from the Kuskokwim. Water is currently only about 15 to 20 feet under the surrounding dike, and many are worried that the waters may rise above the barrier.