Open water was evident Monday at Brown’s Slough. Photo Dean Swope / KYUK.
Following a string of warm weather and a beating sun, Bethel Search and Rescue’s Peter Atchak flew a portion of the lower river Monday afternoon in a Super Cub with support from troopers and the state.
“All the side sloughs we observed were for the most part broken up. some that didn’t appear broken up were showing definitely signs of weakened nice and needle ice on the remaining ice on side sloughs. We’ve seen a lot of melted out overflows. All the islands were surrounded by deep overflow,” said Atchak. Read more →
Ice floating down the Kuskokwim River at Bethel, AK. By Daysha Eaton
The Kuskokwim River breakup went smoothly this year with no major flooding. The official time for breakup in Bethel was 5pm Friday. River Watch Program officials are calling it a thermal breakup, or mush out.
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