USA – Ice Jam Causes Flood Emergency in Manley Hot Springs

An ice jam along the Tanana River has caused flooding in areas of Manley Hot Springs, Yukon–Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska, USA. National Weather Service described the flooding as the worst in 45 years.

Flooding along the Tanana River in Manley Hot Springs, Alaska, USA, May 2022. Photo: Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

As of 07 May 2022, Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said between 50 and 75 residents of Manley Hot Springs were in the process of evacuating to higher ground.

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy declared a disaster emergency for the Yukon Koyukuk Regional Education Attendance Area (REAA) due to the flooding.

NWS measurements for river levels are not available at this time. However National Weather Service Fairbanks said “An observer reported significant flooding in town, and water levels 1 foot below the bottom of the bridge. This is a historic flood, and the highest water level the observer has seen in 45 years. It is approaching the record flood of 1956.”

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