ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Riverfront communities in Alaska hold their breath this time of year as the ice breaks up and the potential for flooding becomes a serious threat.
But this spring, it appears many villages are in-the-clear, at least for now.
“It can seem quiet but it also has the potential of going very rapidly up to an emergency and that’s what we prepare for,” said John Madden, Director of the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
One place emergency managers are watching closely is Aniak, where a flood warning is in effect until Monday night.
Forecasters say ice on the Kuskokwim River is jammed and water will continue to rise until the jam releases.
Photos from Aniak show high water in some places, though there are no reports of any submerged homes.
They're on alert, but it’s nowhere near as bad as what some communities have experienced during past years.