Rainfall breaks records in interior Alaska

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010

FAIRBANKS - July in eastern interior Alaska will be remembered for being soggy.

The National Weather Service says rainfall in the upper Tanana Valley and Fortymile River basin has exceeded or is approaching monthly records in multiple locations.

At the airport in Northway, 6.12 inches of rain had fallen as of Monday. That's the second-highest July rainfall total on record since 1942. The record is 6.42 inches in 2005.

O'Brien Creek at Mile 113.5 Taylor Highway recorded 6.4 inches of rain.

Flooding temporarily closed the mostly gravel highway and caused an estimated $6 million in damage during the past two weeks.

In Tok, 4.93 inches of rain had been recorded as of Tuesday, breaking the previous record of 4.43 inches in July 1992.

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