Lower Kuskokwim has plenty of holes says SAR

by Angela Denning-Barnes on May 4, 2012

A Bethel Search and Rescue volunteer drills a hole to measure ice May 3, 2012. Photo courtesy of Bethel SAR

Ice broke up in front of Chuathbaluk Thursday night and it was also running in front of Napaimute. Breakup is definitely in progress in the Upper River, but there are also signs that the Lower River might not be too far behind, according to Bethel Search and Rescue. Long-time SAR volunteer Peter Atchak flew an aerial ice survey with the Alaska State Troopers from Bethel to Aniak Thursday and he says there are some developments on the Lower River:

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Atchak said he couldn’t make any predictions on what will happen with breakup in the Lower River because it is different every year and often brings surprises. He said another unknown is how the snow that’s still in the mountains will affect breakup. He said the best thing for people to do now is be prepared for possible high water and flooding.

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