Flood advisory issued for Eagle after early Yukon River breakup
The community of Eagle is under a flood advisory until 10:00 a.m. Thursday after an ice jam formed on the Yukon River.
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Fairbanks says the Yukon officially broke up at Eagle early Tuesday. They say this is the second-earliest breakup on record for this location.
Following the breakup, an ice jam formed about 10 miles downriver and is now causing water and ice to back up around the community of Eagle.
As the Yukon River overflows some of its lower riverbanks, local residents are reporting minor flooding, including water in yards of homes, between Eagle and Eagle Village Wednesday morning.
Due to the lack of snow in the lower elevations a surge of additional water is not likely.
The NWS says they only expect minor flooding around Eagle, but as the breakup front continues to travel downriver, additional ice jams may develop this week between Eagle and Circle.
The Yukon River is expected to break up at Circle late this week.
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