Ice jam breaks on Yukon River

May 22, 2013 -- 9:10am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The flooding situation in the community of Fort Yukon continues to unfold. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that a portion of a massive ice jam on the Yukon River upriver from the town broke early Wednesday morning. Forecasters have been keeping an eye on a large amount of water behind an ice jam 12 miles upriver from the community 145 miles northeast of Fairbanks.  Fort Yukon police Sgt. Peter Hawbaker told the News-Miner that other than some ice Tuesday night and early Wednesday, water levels have not changed since dropping after minor flooding on Monday. Some low-lying areas of the town with more than 580 residents are flooded including an access road to the airport.

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