Yukon floods at Galena; residents evacuated

by Angela Denning-Barnes on May 29, 2013

Galena flooding, May 27. Photo by David Lee.

Galena flooding, May 27. Photo by David Lee.

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Several hundred residents have been evacuated from Galena after a Yukon River ice jam caused major flooding, washing out roads and submerging homes and other buildings. National Weather Service meteorologist Christopher Cox says 90 percent of the community’s roads are flooded, and many buildings had 7 feet of water in them.

Some of the people who were displaced said they escaped in rafts battered by ice chunks and floating debris.The National Guard flew in to evacuate residents after rising floodwaters breached a wall protecting the Galena airport. State emergency management spokesman Jeremy Zidek told The Associated Press water went over low areas of the dike at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. The flooding should clear when the ice jam breaks.

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