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Homes in Alaska village threatened by erosion

By Associated Press 11:19 AM June 6, 2014
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) –

An eroding river is threatening several homes in the interior Alaska village of Huslia.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/nHN5WK) reports that the Koyukuk River bank has shifted 70 feet in the last several days, coming within 5 feet of one resident’s home.

Edwin Bifelt with the Huslia Tribal Council says residents tore down one unoccupied home to save its parts for reuse.

The Athabascan village of 320 is located about 250 miles west of Fairbanks.

National Weather Service hydrologist Ed Plumb says riverbank erosion is not unusual for Huslia, but the extent of this year’s migration is abnormal.

Plumb says recent heavy rainfall in the region combined with snowmelt to swell the river’s flow.

State emergency managers say they are standing by for any requests for assistance.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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