Quickly Melting Snow Prompts Flood Warnings Near Haines, Skagway

The winter’s heavy snowfall and warm temperatures this past week prompted flood warnings in Upper Lynn Canal rivers over the weekend. Haines set a record temperature of 86 on Saturday, and the snows were melting fast through the weekend. The Tayia River near Skagway reached a moderate flood state over the weekend peaking just over 17 feet Saturday evening, which is enough to hit the Chilkoot Trail, according to rangers. Waters reached areas of Klukwan village, flooding some fish smokehouses close to the bank and leaving pools of water around some parts of the traditional knowledge camp, said tribal president Jones Hotch Junior.

Flood warnings were due to expire last night and this morning.