Fort Yukon Flooding Danger Mostly Over

The community of Fort Yukon is able to relax after days of worry as it appears the danger from flooding is mostly over.

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Late Wednesday night, dozens of residents watched as slabs of river ice suspected to be from a once-menacing ice jam 12 miles up the Yukon River passed safely below the town’s levee. The ice jam had accumulated a lake of water estimated to be 7 miles wide and 30 miles long, which could have created a serious flash flood if it broke all of a sudden.

Early Wednesday, the ice jam developed a large hole that likely grew, sending more ice downriver.

City flood coordinator Velma Carroll says she was told Wednesday night that the worst appears to be over.