Water still rising in Koyukuk

Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An ice jam on the Yukon River has caused flooding that covers 95 percent of the runway at Koyukuk and emergency services workers are monitoring the rising waters.

Division of Emergency Services spokesman Mike Haller said Saturday water levels were continuing to rise slowly in the community near the confluence of the Koyukuk and Yukon rivers about 290 air miles west of Fairbanks.

The runway is at a lower elevation than the rest of the community.

The Division of Emergency Services arranged for the voluntary airlift of 32 elders and children from the village on Friday. They are staying with relatives and friends in Galena.

They were flown by a helicopter under contract to the Bureau of Land Management.

Haller said weather continues to be a factor in the area with a mix of light rain and snow falling Saturday morning.

Koyukuk has a population of 101.



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