There is a flood advisory in effect on the Tanana River until 11 p.m. this evening for the Salcha area, southeast of Fairbanks. National Weather Service Hydrologist Ed Plumb says an advisory isn’t uncommon this time of year.
Plumb says flooding is posing problems at the construction site of the new Tanana River Railroad Bridge. That project includes a new levy which may alleviate problems with flooding in the future.
Plumb says that the ice on the Tanana was slightly thinner than normal this winter, but that doesn’t necessarily prevent ice jams and flooding. He adds that the riverbank near Salcha has been eroded over the years, making the area more susceptible to flooding.
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