Flood Statement
Issued by NWS Fairbanks, AK

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FLOOD ADVISORY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FAIRBANKS AK
121 PM AKDT SUN AUG 30 2015

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MIDDLE TANANA VALLEY-
121 PM AKDT SUN AUG 30 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 TUESDAY

* OVER TWO INCHES OF RAIN FELL ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE CHENA RIVER
  BASIN BETWEEN LAST 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 DOWN RIVER THROUGH THE NEXT SEVERAL
  DAYS.

  AS OF SUNDAY AFTERNOON THE CREST OF HIGH WATER ON THE CHENA RIVER
  IS STILL MOVING PAST THE MOOSE CREEK DAM. THE US ARMY CORPS OF
  ENGINEERS ALASKA DISTRICT BEGAN OPERATING THE THE MOOSE CREEK DAM
  AT 7:45AM 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...WATER FROM THE CHENA RIVER WILL FLOW OVER SOME
  OF THE LOWEST LYING BANKS NEAR THE MOOSE CREEK DAM AND IN THE
  STEAMBOAT LANDING SUBDIVISION. THESE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO
  CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY. IN ADDITION...RIVER NAVIGATION THROUGH
  THE MOOSE CREEK DAM IS UNAVAILABLE DURING OPERATIONS.

  FARTHER DOWNSTREAM...THE CHENA RIVER IN FAIRBANKS IS AT A LEVEL OF
  8.9 FEET. THIS IS CAUSING MINOR NUISANCE FLOODING IN FAIRBANKS.
  THE BIKE PATH ALONG THE CHENA RIVER AT THE CUSHMAN AND BARNETTE
  STREET BRIDGES HAS SEVERAL FEET OF WATER OVER IT. THE BIKE PATH
  UNDER THE PEGER ROAD BRIDGE IS FLOODED WITH SEVERAL FEET OF WATER
  AS WELL.

  ADDITIONALLY THE WATER LEVEL IS ONLY 3 FEET BELOW THE BARNETTE
  STREET BRIDGE AND 6 FEET BELOW THE PEGER ROAD BRIDGE. THIS WILL
  MAKE THESE BRIDGES IMPASSABLE FOR MANY RIVER BOATS. THE WATER
  LEVEL THROUGH FAIRBANKS WILL REMAIN FAIRLY CONSTANT THROUGH
  TUESDAY WHILE THE MOOSE CREEK DAM IS IN OPERATION.

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.

&&

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

$$

JB



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