Flooded Alaska town looking to dispose of bad meat

June 3, 2013
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In this May 27, 2013 photo released by the National Weather Service, homes and other buildings are shown flooded in Galena, Alaska. Several hundred people are estimated to have fled the community of Galena in Alaska's interior, where a river ice jam has caused major flooding, sending water washing over roads and submerging buildings. (AP Photo/National Weather Service, Ed Plumb)

GALENA, Alaska (AP) — Officials in Galena, Alaska, faced a unique concern after the remote village was hit by flooding and power outages — that spoiled meat at residents' homes would start attracting bears.

The road to the community's dump is washed out, so officials have come up with a plan to fly the bad meat to the disposal site by helicopter.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/14bAGtg) emergency responders in Galena are preparing a plan to collect meat that has been rotting in people's refrigerators and freezers since last week. That's when an ice jam backed Yukon River water into the community of nearly 500 people about 270 miles west of Fairbanks.

Many residents were evacuated from the town, and emergency responders have asked them to delay their return while they deal with flooded fuel tanks, gas fumes and other issues.


Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com