Bethel and villages on the Lower Kuskokwim River have been experiencing high water today. The river was splashing over Bethel’s seawall this morning and Brown’s Slough was overflowing into low lying areas. Some boats were swamped at the harbor and in the slough as well as at the village of Toksook Bay.
Bill Whittern with the National Weather Service in Bethel says the high water is a combination of rain in the mountains and strong Southeast winds pushing water back upriver.
The three foot high tide in Bethel at about 10 a.m. brought water levels up to eight feet, half a foot below the flood mark.
Whittern says winds should switch to the East over the next few days and the water will likely drop after today.