Flood Statement
Issued by NWS Fairbanks, AK

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FLOOD ADVISORY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FAIRBANKS AK
957 AM AKDT SAT AUG 29 2015

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MIDDLE TANANA VALLEY-
957 AM AKDT SAT AUG 29 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN FAIRBANKS HAS EXTENDED THE

* FLOOD ADVISORY FOR...
  THE CHENA RIVER UPSTREAM OF THE MOOSE CREEK DAM...

* UNTIL 200 PM AKDT SUNDAY

OVER TWO INCHES OF RAIN FELL ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE CHENA RIVER
BASIN BETWEEN TUESDAY AND THURSDAY. THE RAINFALL CAUSED THE UPPER
CHENA RIVER TO RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE LATE LAST WEEK. THIS CREST OF
HIGH WATER WILL MOVE DOWNRIVER THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING.

AS OF SATURDAY MORNING THE CREST OF HIGH WATER IS AT CHENA LAKES...
WATER LEVELS UPSTREAM ARE DROPPING.

THE CHENA RIVER AT THE GRANITE TORS CAMPGROUND CRESTED AROUND 5AM
FRIDAY MORNING AT 20.5 FEET...WHICH IS ALMOST 1 FOOT ABOVE MINOR
FLOOD STAGE. THE CHENA RIVER AT THE GRANITE TORS CAMPGROUND FELL
BELOW FLOOD STAGE EARLY SATURDAY MORNING AND IS CONTINUING TO DROP.
THE CHENA RIVER AT HUNTS CREEK CRESTED AROUND 11 PM FRIDAY EVENING
AT 17.5 FEET WHICH IS JUST ABOVE MINOR FLOOD STAGE. WATER LEVELS ON
THE CHENA RIVER AT HUNTS CREEK ARE CONTINUING TO DROP.  AS OF
SATURDAY MORNING THE CREST OF HIGH WATER IS AT CHENA LAKES.

THE US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS ALASKA DISTRICT BEGAN OPERATING THE
MOOSE CREEK DAM AT 7:45 AM SATURDAY. THE MOOSE CREEK DAM WILL BE
REGULATING THE CHENA RIVER SO FLOWS DO NOT EXCEED 12 THOUSAND CUBIC
FEET PER SECOND IN DOWNTOWN FAIRBANKS. DOWNSTREAM FLOOD EFFECTS ON
THE CHENA RIVER ALSO DEPEND ON FLOW CONDITIONS IN THE TANANA
RIVER...LITTLE CHENA RIVER...AND LOCAL DRAINAGES.

EXPECTED IMPACTS: LOW LYING AREAS NEAR THE CHENA RIVER MAY
EXPERIENCE MINOR FLOODING AND GROUNDWATER WILL RISE TO NEAR THE
GROUND SURFACE FOR SEVERAL THOUSAND FEET WEST OF THE MOOSE CREEK
DAM.  RIVER NAVIGATION THROUGH THE MOOSE CREEK DAM IS UNAVAILABLE
DURING OPERATIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

RECREATIONAL USERS SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR HIGH WATER WHICH MAY CAUSE
LEVELS TO RISE OUT OF BANK IN PLACES. WATCH FOR AN INCREASE IN LOGS
AND OTHER DEBRIS IN THE RIVER. ADDITIONALLY...AN INCREASE IN THE
LEVEL OF GROUNDWATER TABLE IS EXPECTED.

A FLOOD ADVISORY MEANS RIVER OR STREAM FLOWS ARE ELEVATED...OR
PONDING OF WATER IS OCCURRING OR IS IMMINENT. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO
TRAVEL ACROSS FLOODED ROADS. FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES. IT TAKES ONLY A
FEW INCHES OF SWIFTLY FLOWING WATER TO CARRY VEHICLES AWAY.

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LAT...LON 6521 14601 6489 14601 6478 14717 6488 14723
      6508 14699 6520 14612

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