Flood Warning in Effect for Three Miles Below Red Devil to Sleetmute

by Ben Matheson on May 1, 2014

The National Weather Service tells KYUK that there is a flood warning in effect until 8 a.m. Friday for three miles below Red Devil to Sleetmute.

NWS reports that water has come up about 7 feet since this Thursday morning due to an ice jam.

A flood warning means that flooding is imminent or is occurring. People should take steps to protect life and property.

More information is available here:

Full text from the National Weather Service:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ANCHORAGE HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WARNING FOR…
AN ICE JAM… ALONG THE KUSKOKWIM RIVER FROM SLEETMUTE TO 3 MILES
DOWNSTREAM OF RED DEVIL

* UNTIL 545 AM AKDT FRIDAY

* AT 551 PM AKDT…AN ICE JAM HAS FORMED 3 MILES DOWNSTREAM OF RED
DEVIL AND IS CAUSING WATER LEVELS TO RISE UPSTREAM. WATER LEVELS
AT RED DEVIL HAVE RISEN 6 TO 8 FT SINCE THIS MORNING AND IS
CURRENTLY NEAR BANKFUL. SLOW RISES IN WATER LEVELS ARE EXPECTED TO
CONTINUE WITH MINOR FLOODING EXPECTED UPSTREAM OF THE JAM TO
SLEETMUTE.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
RED DEVIL AND PARKS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR HAS BEEN REPORTED.
STREAM RISES WILL BE SLOW AND FLASH FLOODING IS NOT EXPECTED.
HOWEVER…ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS
IMMEDIATELY.

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