Fort Yukon

Warnings, Fort Yukon

Flood

5/22 9:00 PM 21:00 – 5/29 10:00 PM 22:00

Flood Watch issued May 20 at 12:59PM AKDT until May 29 at 2:00PM AKDT by NWS Fairbanks AK * WHAT...Flooding caused by snowmelt is possible. * WHERE...The Porcupine River at Ft Yukon, including the city of Fort Yukon. * WHEN...From Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday, May 29. * IMPACTS...Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, sloughs and other low-lying and flood-prone locations near Fort Yukon. High water will begin in low lying areas on the east side of Fort Yukon from the middle to the end of week, with possible flooding developing over the weekend. This will be a slow-onset flood, then slow to recede event. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS... - Breakup is underway on the Porcupine River east of the border with high water levels due to snowmelt from a much wetter than average winter. The Porcupine River below Old Crow (Canada) crested at 53.56 ft on May 19, while the Porcupine River gage closer to the US border had a record crest of 53.57 ft on May 19. This high water will likely reach Fort Yukon by midweek, at which point the Porcupine may cause the Sucker River to back up into low-lying areas on the east side of town, then spread through the swales westward. Based on historic norms, if flooding occurs, expect floodwaters to slowly peak on the weekend, then slowly recede next week. There is potential for this event to be very similar to flooding last year; however water levels on the Yukon River are not nearly as high as last year which could mitigate the situation. - Http://www.weather.gov/aprfc - Please stay tuned to NOAA weather radio or your favorite local weather news source for updates on this situation. - If you live in low lying areas in Fort Yukon stay alert and be prepared to take action. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding in Fort Yukon should be prepared to take action should flooding develop. Take action now to move valuables to higher ground that remained dry during last years flooding. Stay tuned to further developments by listening to your local radio, television, or NOAA Weather Radio for further information.

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