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Ice-Jam Flooding Impacts Communities on Alaska's Yukon River

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Alaska continued to issue flood watches for parts of the Yukon River on Thursday, May 18, as flooding caused by large ice jams impacted several communities.

This footage was released by the NWS, who said it was captured on Wednesday as ice from the Yukon River piled up at Tanana. On Thursday, a flood watch was issued from Galena to the village of Koyukuk, and the NWS said “major flooding” was occurring in Buckland.

The flooding started the previous weekend as ice broke up along rivers and began causing jams in several places. Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy issued a disaster declaration on Sunday for communities experiencing severe flooding. Credit: NWS Fairbanks Alaska via Storyful

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