Yukon River flooding less than feared

Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Flooding in the lower Yukon River villages of Emmonak and Alakanuk is less than feared.

The two villages had braced this long holiday weekend for an onslaught of floodwaters that devastated villages up river. But the National Weather Service says they have been spared.

The Weather Service said waters rose as much as four feet in some places early Sunday, but were on their way down later in the day. The Weather Service says the worst flooding has passed.

A flood warning was issued Saturday for all villages downriver from Russian Mission, but was scaled back Sunday to include only Emmonak and Alakanuk, two villages near the mouth of the Yukon.

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