ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Floodwaters are pushing higher in a remote Alaska town, lifting homes off foundations and threatening to breach a dike protecting the airport, virtually the only dry spot left.
Responders say most residents of Galena have been evacuated after a 30-mile ice jam on the Yukon River caused major flooding this week in the community of almost 500, washing out roads and submerging buildings.
The National Guard flew 32 more people and 19 dogs to Fairbanks Tuesday night.
National Weather Service hydrologist Ed Plumb flew over the river Wednesday and says the ice jam remains firmly in place, despite 80 degree temperatures.
Water went over low areas of the dike Tuesday, then the water level fell. Plumb says the water again is rising close to the edge of the dike.