Near record flooding

Here in Interior Alaska we have been having a lot of rain recently. While it normally is rainy starting this time of year, it usually is just showers, drizzle, and mist rather than steady rain like this year. We’ve gotten over 3 inches of rain this week with another inch or two expected tonight.

Rivers are flooding around Fairbanks with some roads under 2 feet of water closest to the rivers. Normally the Chena river in Fairbanks is 1-2 feet deep but was more than 8 feet deep today and still rising. The Tanana river is normally around 21 feet deep but was over 26 feet deep today, more than 2 feet above flood stage. The flood warnings have been extended through Saturday as it is continuing to rain. According to the National Weather Service, this is the highest water level on the Tanana river since the record flooding in August 1967.

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