High water closes road to Northway

Posted: Monday, July 30, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Chisana River crested Sunday after it flooded the nine-mile road to Northway in several places, stranding about 200 residents, the National Weather Service reported.

Water remained on the road Monday morning but was beginning to recede.

The agency has extended a flood warning for the Chisana River through Wednesday. The river has risen to almost two feet past its normal mark because of heavy rains and warm weather that melted snowpack in the northern Wrangell Mountains.

The river should recede slowly, said Scott Lindsey, National Weather Service hydrologist.

Northway is just off the Alaska Highway about 220 miles southeast of Fairbanks.

Eight homes along the access road were in danger of flooding. The main village is at the end of the road.

The Chisana flooding has caused a flood warning for the Tanana River from Northway to Dot Lake to be extended through Wednesday. While the Tanana River has receded in the last few days at Tanacross, high water from the Chisana may result in a second rising and cresting of the Tanana, the service reported.

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