Flooding damages homes, businesses in Circle

May 19, 2013 -- 3:00pm

- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - State emergency workers are reporting major flooding in the Yukon River village of Circle. The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says water rose 5 to 8 feet Sunday morning and flooded most buildings in the community of 113. Circle is historic mining community at the end of the Steese Highway about 125 miles northeast of Fairbanks. The division says residents and their animals escaped safely and water is receding.  Residents are taking refuge at the community's school, a store and a location near the post office. Several homes were pushed off foundations. The division says the village power system and "washateria," which includes showers and washing machines, are intact. Flooding occurs when river ice breaks up but jams downstream of villages, damming the river and backing up water.

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