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From:Wednesday, May 7, 2008 2:22 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM 7 May 2008 Situation Report 08-128 
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STATE OF ALASKA
DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SITUATION REPORT 08-128 (as of 11:00 AM, May 7, 2008)

Homeland Security Advisory System – National Level:  Yellow-Elevated
Homeland Security Advisory System – Alaska Level:  Yellow-Elevated
Maritime Security (MARSEC) Level – Level I – Low.
Military installations in Alaska are at FPCON A.
State of Alaska Cyber Security Alert Level: Guarded
World Health Organization Pandemic Phase - Phase 3: No or very limited human-to-human transmission (An Influenza Pandemic situation report, which contains an explanation of the WHO Pandemic Phases, is attached to this situation report and updated every Tuesday)

Threat Level Changes
No change.

State of Alaska Situation
(Updates to this section from previous Situation Report are in Italics)

2008 Riverwatch Program
DHS&EM deployed Riverwatch Field Team continues river watch of the upper Yukon.  This morning they were at the Village of Circle and reported a minor flooding that had occurred.  They are now covering the vicinity of the Yukon-Charley National Park on their way down river to Fort Yukon.

Our second team is deploying tomorrow traveling to Aniak.  This team will be making their aerial reconnaissance along the Kuskokwim River. Initial surveillance will concentrate on the area between Aniak upstream to Stony River.

This program monitors the breakup of major rivers in Alaska and warns residents along those rivers of potential flooding from ice jams. The 2008 Spring Flood Breakup Guide is posted on our website at http://www.ak-prepared.com/

Flood warning/watches:
The National Weather Service in Fairbanks has issued a flood advisory for ice jam flooding for the Yukon River at Circle until 12:00 pm Thursday.  An ice run arrived at Circle Tuesday night and jammed up enough to cause flooding in low lying areas in Circle. Water has backed up into the most floodprone areas of Circle. This includes a low portion of the road between the airport and the town. Water levels have declined a foot from the peak early today, Wednesday morning. The ice below Circle did not appear to be very strong prior to the jam and thus the jam is not expected to hold very long.

The National Weather Service in Fairbanks has issued a flood statement for the Middle Tanana Valley, Deltana and Tanana Flats:
The flood warning remains in effect until 2:00 pm Thursday for ice jam flooding on the Tanana River in the Salcha area from the mouth of the Salcha River to Old Valdez Trail. Several ice jams have formed on the Tanana River between the mouth of the Salcha River and the Boondox area. An ice jam approximately one mile downstream of the mouth of Salcha River has shifted and water levels on the Tanana River are dropping in and around the Starkeyville Subdivision. Water has dropped several feet since Wednesday morning. A second ice jam one half mile downstream of the Boondox area has shifted and water from the Tanana River has backed out of the Piledriver slough. Piledriver slough is back in its banks and the Old Richardson Highway is no longer flooding. However, small ice jams still exist and water levels may fluctuate until all jams have released and ice in the Tanana River has flushed downstream.

The National Weather Service in Anchorage has correction to a flood advisory.  Flood advisory for ice jam flooding on the Gakona River at the Tok cutoff in Copper River basin until 2:45 pm Wednesday.  At 2:45 pm a significant ice jam has formed from just below the highway bridge all the way down to the Copper River confluence. Expected impacts:  Water has backed up behind the ice jam and has risen to a level that is causing flooding of the school road and some private property. Access to the school is extremely limited.  Water levels are fluctuating as the water finds its way around the jam.

Alaska Spring Breakup Summary
The NWS Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center in Anchorage has issued the current flood potential from snowmelt and ice jams this spring breakup season is currently rated as above average for southeast Alaska and the Seward Peninsula.  It is rated as average for the Copper, western Susitna, Kenai, Kuskokwim and Koyukuk River basins.  The flood potential is below average for the remainder of mainland Alaska.  This forecast is based on observed snowpack, ice thickness reports and long range temperature forecasts.

For more detail and to see a flood potential map, breakup map, and other breakup information for Alaska refer to this web site at Http://aprfc.arh.noaa.gov.

Red Flag Warning
The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a red flag warning for Matanuska Valley which is in effect from 2 pm this afternoon to 10 pm this evening for strong wind. A ridge along the north gulf coast combined with a thermal trough in the Susitna Valley will cause southeast wind gusts to 30 mph to develop this afternoon and remain through much of the evening. In addition, relative humidities are expected to drop to 25 to 30 percent this afternoon and not recover until later this evening.

Travel Advisories
The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has issued travel advisories to the following:

Richardson Highway
The Valdez Maintenance & Operations, DOTPF has issued a travel advisory. Due to an avalanche control target registration, expect up to twenty (20) minutes delays between milepost 50 and milepost 55 on the Richardson Highway.  Target Registration will take place between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm today, 7 May.

Dalton Highway, MP387-415, Deadhorse
The Northern Region Maintenance & Operations, DOTPF has issued a travel advisory which is in effect through today, Wednesday for MP 387-415 due to high winds of 25-35 mph today.  There is low to zero visibility and heavy drifting snow due to windy conditions. Please reduce your speed and travel with your headlights on.  Please watch for equipment and crews out on the road.

Parks Highway, MP242.8, Moody Bridge
The Parks Highway will be closed at MP242.8 for the duration of 15 minutes on the following dates and times due to blasting under the Moody Bridge by the Alaska Railroad:
11:00 am. Thursday, May 8, 2008
1:00 pm. Friday May 9, 2008
Please reduce speeds and use caution through this area.

Parks Highway, MP163.2, Little Coal Creek Bridge
CHANGE:  The one lane closure on the Parks Highway at Little Coal Creek Bridge scheduled for today and tomorrow has been cancelled by the contractor.  The lane closure will take place Thursday, May 8, beginning at 7:00am.  Updates will be issued as further information is received.

Current weather warnings and watches for State of Alaska can be found at the following National Weather Service web site:  http://www.arh.noaa.gov/

Alaska Volcano Information:  Please see http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/

DOT&PF Road Information:  can be found at http://511.Alaska.gov/ or by calling 511.

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 AM, May 8, 2008. A significant change in the situation or the threat level will prompt an interim report. Please direct questions regarding this report to the SECC at 907-428-7100 or secc@ak-prepared.com.

How to reach the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management: Phone the State Emergency Coordination Center (SECC) by dialing (907) 428-7100 or 1-800-478-2337, 24 hours per day.  Information on emergency topics is available on the Division's web site at http://www.ak-prepared.com.  Homeland Security information may be found at http://www.ak-prepared.com/homelandsecurity/

How to reach the Division of Administration – State Cyber Security Program:  If you have questions you may contact Darrell Davis, State Computer Security Officer darrel.davis@Alaska.gov.

For further information:
Being prepared: Ready.gov
Countries:              U.S. State Department Background Notes.
Maps:           United Nations Cartographic Section
                University of Texas Library Map Section.
                        http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/20120.pdf