Ice breaks, flows by Galena

Posted: Sunday, May 16, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A 25-mile ice jam on the Yukon River has broken up enough to no longer threaten to flood the village of Galena.

The ice began moving Thursday night, but Galena residents had worried Friday the ice might get caught up in a hard horseshoe bend in the river 20 miles downstream of the community of 700. If ice had been trapped there, the river level upstream would rise and flood Galena.

That fear never materialized.

City manager Tom Corrigan says the ice was thick at first as it passed the village but has thinned and is flowing freely.

The moving ice raised the water level around town by about 12 feet, but is starting to recede.

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