Floodwaters drop after Alaska river ice jam breaks

May 30, 2013 -- 12:45pm
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An ice-clogged river in Alaska's interior that submerged much of a remote town is flowing again and so far sparing another community along its path. Emergency responders say floodwaters are dropping Thursday in Galena after the 30-mile ice jam upriver on the Yukon River broke and began moving Wednesday evening. Residents in the tiny downriver village of Koyukuk were bracing to be hit by flooding next. But lifelong resident Roy Nelson says that so far, ice chunks in the Yukon River are flowing quickly past the community of 95. National Weather Service hydrologist Ed Plumb says the river has risen in Koyukuk, 360 miles northwest of Anchorage, but may not flood. The Galena flooding lifted homes off foundations and led to most of the community of 500 being evacuated.

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