BSAR recommends no river travel

by Ben Matheson on January 24, 2014

Bethel Search and Rescue is advising no travel on the river for the coming days unless it is absolutely necessary. Mike Riley is the head of Bethel Search and Rescue. He says volunteers were on the river the last couple days and found three to six inches of standing water in spots due to melt off.

“The over flow is not an problem right now on the sides. It’s all the standing water and it is very very slick right now and he recommends no travel on the river for the next few days until it freezes up,” said Riley.

Upriver, Riley reports yet more standing water that could make travel hazardous.

“Because of the standing water you can slip, slide, and you won’t be able to move around much,” said Riley.

There is a marked open hole at the mouth of Gweek river and another hole by the island on the river side below the Gweek. The outlook for the weekend and beyond is warm.

“For the next five days we’re seeing very high temperatures for this time of year, in the 40s, there’s going to be more melt off,” said Riley.

BSAR has plans for more assessments today and tomorrow, again they’re recommending no travel unless absolutely necessary.

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