Water from ice jams recedes in Tanana

Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Water from ice jams on the Yukon River continue to recede in Tanana after the village suffered near record flooding.

State emergency management officials say it's still too early to assess damage in the village about 130 miles west of Fairbanks. But state Homeland Security spokesman Jeremy Zidek says between 25 to 30 homes were reported to have water in them, with some reports putting the water depth at between three feet and five feet.

Two state emergency managers went to Fairbanks on Wednesday to assess the needs of the 71 Tanana residents who evacuated there the previous day. Zidek says it hasn't been determined yet when the residents would return home.

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