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From:Wednesday, May 6, 2009 1:32 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-126 for May 6, 2009 
Today’s Situation Report email contains the following attachments:
- DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-126 for May 6, 2009
- PR 09-106 Governor Declares Disaster for Interior Flooding .pdf
- Riverwatch Sit Rep 5 6 09.pdf
- 09 APR A-H1N1 Influenza Outbreak Situation Report for 5-06-09.pdf
- Whittier Update - Passenger and Freight Transportation.pdf - Alaska Railroad Corporation News Release

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(Significant changes from previous reports are in red)

Threat Level Changes
The SECC Preparedness Level has been increased to level 4 - operations occur in response to a major life threatening or property damaging event.  This is in response to widespread and major ice jam flooding.

• Significant Weather:
The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for the following areas:
• The Yukon River from Eagle to Circle until 4:00PM Saturday
• The Upper Kobuk Valley until 11:45 PM Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has issued flood watches for ice jam flooding for the following areas:
• The Kuskokwim Valley near McGrath through Thursday afternoon.
• The Kuskokwim River Near Akiak, Akiachak And Kwethluk through Friday afternoon.
• The Kuskokwim River near Kalskag and Lower Kalskag through Wednesday afternoon.
• The Buckland River at Buckland through Thursday afternoon.
• The Koyukuk River at Hughes through Thursday afternoon.
• The Yukon River from Circle to the Yukon River Bridge and the Black River at Chalkyitsik through Thursday afternoon.

Declared Disasters – Response Phase
On May 6, 2009, Governor Sarah Palin declared a disaster for the flooding event in the Interior of Alaska, including the drainages of the Yukon, Kuskokwim, Kobuk, and Susitna Rivers. The disaster declaration will allow greater coordination between state agencies and easier access to state disaster relief funds, and will pave the way for receipt of federal funds from a possible federal disaster declaration.
The full press release is attached to the Situation Report email.

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:
        • 4/28 – Salcha
        • 5/4 – Crooked Creek, Red Devil, Sleepmute, Eagle/Eagle Village, Aniak, Napaimiut and the Alaska Railroad north of Talkeetna.
        • 5/5 – North Pole (at the steamboat landing), Kobuk
        • 5/6 – Chalkyitsik, Chistochina
Please see the attached Riverwatch Sitrep for more info.

Seasonal Response Programs
• 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. The very warm temperatures last week are cooling and will remain cool for the rest of the week. This should reduce the snowmelt running into Alaskan rivers.
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