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From:Saturday, May 9, 2009 1:13 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-129 for May 9, 2009 
Today’s Situation Report email contains the following attachments:
- DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-129 for May  9, 2009
- PR 09-106 Governor Declares Disaster for Interior Flooding .pdf
- Riverwatch - Flooding Sit Rep 5 9 09.pdf
-APR A-H1N1 Influenza Sit Rep for 5-08-09.pdf
- Whittier Update - Passenger and Freight Transportation.pdf - Alaska Railroad Corporation News Release
- American Red Cross News Release 09-05-08

Blackberry Users Section

This section is for Blackberry users who have trouble reading the normal sitrep on their Blackberries.  It only contains new or significantly updated items from the DHS&EM Daily Situation Report.
(Significant changes from previous reports are in red)

Operational Environment
Two Riverwatch teams have deployed, one is based out of Aniak, and the other is based out of Circle Hot Springs.  A third river watch team is deploying today and will be based out of Galena.

• Significant Weather from the NWS
Flood warnings for the following areas:
Along the Kuskokwim River:
        Kalskag and Lower Kalskag until 400 pm Saturday
        Akiak to Napakiak until 400 pm Sunday
The Yukon River:
        Near Ruby, ice jam flood warning remains in effect until 6 pm Saturday
        Fort Yukon to the Yukon River Bridge, in effect until 4 pm Sunday
The Chistochina River at Chistochina, flood warning is extended until 400 pm Saturday

Flood watches for ice jam flooding for the following areas:
The Buckland River at Buckland remains in effect through Sunday afternoon
Upper Kuskokwim Valley, McGrath, remains in effect until 4 pm this afternoon

Flood advisory for ice jam flooding for the following areas:
Kuskokwim River at Tuluksak, in effect until 4 pm Saturday due to ice jam 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:
        • 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, Ft. Yukon, Upper and Lower Kalskag
        • 5/7 – Circle, Ruby, McGrath
        • 5/8 – Tuluksak, Akiak, Kwethluk, Beaver
Please see the attached Riverwatch Sitrep for more info.

• H1N1 Flu Outbreak
The ongoing outbreak of novel influenza A (H1N1) continues to expand in the United States and internationally. CDC expects that more cases, more hospitalizations and more deaths from this outbreak will occur over the coming days and weeks.
As of 06:00 GMT, 8 May 2009, 24 countries have officially reported 2384 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection.  Mexico has reported 1112 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 42 deaths. The United States has reported 896 laboratory confirmed human cases, including two deaths.
        For more information, please see http://www.pandemicflu.alaska.gov/ and http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/
        Please see the DHSS H1N1 Situation Report that has been attached to today’s Situation Report email for detailed information.

• Whittier Road Closure
A large rock slide on April 11 closed the road to Whittier between the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center and the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel.  The road is now partially open.  The railroad tracks are undamaged, and the Alaska Railroad has begun passenger and freight service between Portage and Whittier thee times daily, with bus service between Anchorage and Portage twice daily.  Reservations for freight and passenger service are mandatory.  The Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) and the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) have announced a joint toll free phone number providing updates and information on rail and road access to Whittier:~ 1-800-478-4340.  People calling this 1-800 number can access passenger train reservations, freight train reservation, and hear recorded rail transportation updates, and road condition and road work updates.  Please see the attached Whittier Access Update news release for more information.  


Femmia R Bryan
Emergency Management Specialist
DHS&EM/SECC (State Emergency Coordination Center)
PO Box 5750, Fort Richardson, AK 99505
Direct Line:  907-428-7019
SECC: 907-428-7100 or Toll Free: 1-800-478-2337
SECC FAX: 428-7095