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Record rainfall brings flooding to Fairbanks

By KTVA CBS 11 News 7:21 PM July 2, 2014

Flooding, potholes and sinkholes — that’s what residents in Interior Alaska are dealing with as a result of record rainfall.

There’s currently a flood warning in effect for the Chatanika River, Beaver Creek and the upper Chena River.

Since Monday, it’s been slowly rising. One resident said the ongoing rain created a nine-foot sinkhole in their backyard.

The deputy fire chief in Fairbanks says crews are monitoring the flood zones.

“There’s quite a bit of water on the bike paths, silt and stuff,” said Ernie Misewicz with the Fairbanks Fire Department. ‘”The other thing: The river is moving at a pretty swift pace, so we’re concerned about people possibly being out in water crafts on the river. People just need to be aware of what’s going on.”

Last month, Fairbanks set a record with nearly four inches of rain.

The rain is decreasing in Fairbanks, but water levels on the Chena River are expected to rise Thursday.

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