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From:Sunday, May 10, 2009 1:15 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-130 for May 10, 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
Three Riverwatch teams have been deployed.  They are based out of Aniak, Circle Hot Springs and Galena.
A Flood Response Team have been deployed to coordinate flooding response operations for the community of Eagle.

• Significant Weather from the NWS
Flood warnings for the following areas:
Kuskokwim River, from Akiak to Napakiak, flood warning remains in effect until 4 pm Sunday
Beaver to the Yukon River Bridge, flood warning remains in effect until 400 pm Sunday
Yukon River Bridge to Tanana, flood warning in effect from 1000 am to 1000 am Monday

Flood watches for ice jam flooding for the following areas:
The Buckland River at Buckland, flood watch in effect through this afternoon
     The Yukon River at Koyukuk, flood watch in effect through Tuesday afternoon.

Flood advisory for ice jam flooding for the following areas:
Kuskokwim River at Tuluksak, flood advisory remains in effect until 400 pm this afternoon

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.

On May 09, 2009 the first case H1N1 was reported on a cruise ship in Southeast
Alaskan waters, the patient is a crew member and has been quarantined on ship.
DHSS and various agencies are responding per the State's plan.
• There was a press conference today May 10, 2009 11:00 am.  See DHSS situation report for more information.
As of 07:30 GMT, 10 May 2009, 29 countries have officially reported 4379 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection. Mexico has reported 1626 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 45 deaths. The United States has reported 2254 laboratory confirmed human cases, including two deaths. Canada has reported 280 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. Costa Rica has reported eight laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. 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.  

Alaska Fire Season
The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center morning highlights will be attached to this sitrep email daily throughout the Alaska fire season whenever a new one is issued or go to this link AICC Situation Report  for current Alaska wildland fire information.

• Red Flag Warnings
The Copper River Basin, red flag warning is in effect from 5 pm this afternoon to 10 pm this evening for strong winds.


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