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SITUATION REPORT 08-213 (as of 11:00 AM, August 1, 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)

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

Threat Level Changes
SECC Preparedness level increased to Level 3.  The SECC has been activated in support of a disaster event, the Tanana Basin Flooding.

Tanana Basin Flooding
Heavy rain over several days has caused flooding in areas of the Tanana River basin.  Please see the attached incident situation report for details.

Flood Warning
The National Weather Service has extended the flood warning for the Tanana River from Fairbanks to Manley Hot Springs until 12:00 pm Sunday.  Flooding continues along the Tanana River from Fairbanks downstream to Nenana. At noon Friday the stage of the Tanana River at Nenana was 14.4 ft. Flood stage is 12 ft.
The flood crest is expected to move past Nenana this afternoon, and then continue to move downstream and impact the Tanana River from Nenana to Manley Hot Springs through noon Sunday.
At the mouth of the Chena River, the Tanana River is still backing up water into the lower Chena River, but water is receding.  Several properties adjacent to the lower Chena River in Fairbanks remain flooded.
In the Perkins Road area, the Tanana River has dropped almost 1.5 feet since it crested on Wednesday evening. The Tanana River is still around 1 foot above flood stage and is expected to remain so through at least Saturday. Water is several feet deep in this area. Many houses have been flooded and some roads are still impassable. The flood crest on the Tanana River is the highest water level recorded in Fairbanks since the record flooding of august 1967.
        In Nenana, the Tanana River went above flood stage late Wednesday evening and the river is expected to crest around 14.6 feet Friday afternoon. Portions of Nenana are being flooded. At 10 am Friday, the ship yard on the west side of town was under 2 feet of water. A section of the Alaska Railroad is covered with at least 1 foot water. Water is beginning to rise out of drainage ditches in town. The Tanana River is expected to remain above the flood stage of 12 ft in Nenana through Sunday.
        From Nenana to Manley Hot Springs, the Tanana River is near bank full or running over bank in some locations. Water levels will continue to rise downstream from Nenana and cause flooding along the Tanana River. Old Minto and some cabins along this stretch of river are likely flooded. Water levels will rise to bankfull at Manley Hot Springs and flooding is expected in low lying areas adjacent to the Tanana River in this area.

Flood Warning Cancelled
The flood warning has been cancelled for the Tanana River from Salcha to North Pole.  The Tanana River has continued to recede and is now flowing within its banks from the mouth of the Salcha River downstream to North Pole. Piledriver Slough is also within its banks and water is no longer flowing across the Old Richardson Highway. There are still large areas of ponded water in this area. The Tanana will remain high and near bank full for the next several days. More rain is expected across the region so water levels along the Tanana River will continue to fluctuate.

Alaska Volcano Observatory
Current Status Report as of: Thursday, July 31, 2008

Cleveland Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Please see http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/Cleveland.php for current information.

Okmok Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Please see http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/Okmok.php for current information.

Please see http://www.avo.alaska.edu/color_codes.php for complete definitions of Aviation color codes and Volcano alert levels.

Ashfall Advisory
The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued an ashfall advisory for the Eastern Aleutians including Unalaska and Nikolski until 12PM AKDT Friday.

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/

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, August 2, 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.