Breakup flooding predicted on the Kuskokwim

by Angela Denning-Barnes on April 27, 2012

The Kuskokwim River ice went out at Nikolai on April 19. At McGrath, there is overflow but the channel ice is still in place and hasn’t lifted yet. In the middle river area near Sleetmute, people are still traveling on the ice. The National Weather Service’s River Watch program released the latest break up information Thursday afternoon. They say their concern is centered on the Kuskokwim river basin which is expected to see above average flooding.

In their assessment, they look at the snow pack, the thickness of ice and weather temperature forecasts. At Bethel on the Lower Kuskokwim River, ice measurements showed a 111 percent thickness of normal. Peter Atchak, President of Bethel Search and Rescue gives this ice update for the Bethel area:

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