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From:Monday, May 4, 2009 10:33 AM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-124 for May 4, 2009 
Today’s Situation Report email contains the following attachments:
- DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-124 for May 4, 2009
- Alaska Railroad Corporation News Release:  Whittier Update - Passenger and Freight Transportation.pdf
- DHSS - 05-03-09 Sit Rep 1400.pdf  -  DHSS H1N1 Situation Report
- Current DHSEM Org Chart with phone numbers 4-29-09.pdf

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(Significant changes from previous reports are in red)

Threat Level Changes
SECC preparedness level has been raised to Level 3, Actual Event, due to Spring Breakup Flooding and the A/H1N1 Influenza Outbreak.

Operational Environment
• A Unified Command has been established at the SECC.  It is comprised of DHS&EM and DHSS staff members.

• There is widespread ice jam flooding affecting many communities throughout the state.

• Two Riverwatch teams have deployed, one deployed yesterday and is based out of Aniak, and the other deployed this morning and will be based out of Eagle.

• Significant Weather:
The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for the following areas:
• The Susitna River upstream of Talkeetna until 4:00 pm AKDT Monday.  At 1:04 PM Sunday, flooding was reported on the Susitna River upstream of Talkeetna due to multiple ice jams. Water levels at the Susitna River gage at Gold Creek rose over six feet due to the ice jams.
• The Yukon River at Eagle until 2:15 am Tuesday for ice jam flooding.  A significant ice jam continues to hold on the Yukon River at Eagle.  The ice jam has dammed up the river and is causing major flooding.  As of 7am the Yukon River in Eagle is continuing to rise.  Much of the old village is flooded and water is flooding portions of the remainder of town as well. Many homes have been flooded and everyone has been evacuated out of the old village. The ice has risen up to the top of the retaining wall along Front Street and water is flowing over the road. The store is flooded with at least 6 inches of water. If the water continues to rise the ice will come over the retaining wall and on to Front Street.  Long time residents report that this is the worst breakup flooding since at least 1937. Flooding will continue in Eagle until the ice jam releases and moves downriver. The breakup front is reported to be about 8 miles downriver from Eagle.
• The Village of Aniak on the Kuskokwim River until 4:00 pm Monday.   At 12:40 pm Sunday an ice run passed Napaimuit with high water levels that are causing flooding in low lying areas. The ice run was expected to arrive at Aniak tonight and flooding is likely. High water levels on the Kuskokwim River due to snow melt is contributing to the flooding.

Community Assistance and Monitored Events
Ice Jam Flooding
At this time, the following communities have been reported to have flooded or are currently flooding due to ice jams: Salcha, Crooked Creek, Red Devil, Eagle,  Eagle Village and Aniak.

H1N1 Flu Outbreak (Formerly referred to as Swine Flu)
CDC continues to take aggressive action to respond to an expanding outbreak caused by novel H1N1 flu.
CDC’s response goals are to:
 1. Reduce transmission and illness severity, and
  2. Provide information to help health care providers, public health officials and the public address the challenges posed by this emergency.
CDC continues to issue and update interim guidance daily in response to the rapidly evolving situation. CDC will issue updated interim guidance for clinicians on how to identify and care for people who are sick with novel H1N1 flu illness. This guidance will provide priorities for testing and treatment for novel H1N1 flu infection. The priority use for influenza antiviral drugs during this outbreak will be to treat people with severe flu illness.
Officials with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services are keeping an eye on the developing H1N1 flu outbreak in the Lower 48 and Mexico. There are no known cases of H1N1 influenza in Alaska.  Health officials are advising that anyone returning from the Southwest or Mexico who becomes ill with flu-like symptoms (fever, sore throat, aching muscles, cough, and runny nose) contact his or her health-care provider.   “At this time, standard practices are still the best measures for avoiding the flu,” said Dr. Jay Butler, chief medical officer for the state of Alaska. “Hand washing, covering your cough, staying home if you’re sick — these are still the best ways to stay healthy and to avoid spreading germs when you are ill.”
        For more information, please see http://www.pandemicflu.alaska.gov/ and http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/
        A DHSS H1N1 Situation Report has been attached to today’s Situation Report email.

• Alaska Spring Breakup Summary
The flood potential from snowmelt and ice jams this spring breakup season throughout Alaska is currently rated as moderate to high in all locations that are prone to flooding from ice jams during breakup.  Flood potential for other locations remains as low or low to moderate.  Breakup was initially expected to be later than normal this year but the prolonged period of warm temperatures may push breakup dates closer to normal.  This forecast is based on observed snowpack, ice thickness reports and long range temperature forecasts.
For the current river breakup summary and recent breakup activity, please see http://aprfc.arh.noaa.gov/products/fcst.php?product=SRAK48PACR.


David Lee
Emergency Management Specialist
State Emergency Coordination Center
Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
PO Box 5750
Fort Richardson, AK 99505
Direct Line:  907-428-7087
SECC: 907-428-7100
SECC Toll Free: 1-800-478-2337
SECC FAX: 428-7095