ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An ice jam on the Kuskokwim river that caused flooding in Crooked Creek, released Thursday and flood waters dropped significantly, according to a flood statement from the National Weather Service. The latest state situation report says if weather conditions remain as they've been the past few days, the rest of the ice break up on the Kuskokwim River should be uneventful.
A disaster response team arrived in Crooked Creek Thursday afternoon, where 53 residents have been evacuated to the nearby Donlin Creek Mine.
The team is bringing food, water, fuel, oil, and radios, for the 84 or so residents who stayed behind, and whose homes appear heavily damaged in photos provided by the state.
State emergency managers report there was no runway access at the airport Thursday morning, and that power was out across town.
State emergency officials said that along with helping individuals in the community of Crooked Creek, their focus will move downstream with the river, preparing communities like Aniak and Kalskag for possible flooding.