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From:Monday, May 11, 2009 2:52 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-131 for May 11, 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

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(Significant changes from previous reports are in red)

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.

Three Riverwatch teams have been deployed.  They are based out of Aniak, Fairbanks and Galena. The teams continue aerial observations on the Upper and Middle Yukon and the Kuskokwim rivers. A Flood Response Team continues to coordinate flooding response activities in the community of Eagle.

Activity at Redoubt Volcano continues.

• Significant Weather from the NWS
Flood warnings for the following areas:
Kuskokwim Delta -- Akiak to Napakiak the flood warning remains in effect until 4 pm Tuesday.

Yukon Flats and Surrounding Uplands- the Yukon River Bridge to just down river of Beaver, flood warning in effect for ice jam flooding until 4pm Monday

Central Interior- the Yukon River from the Yukon River Bridge to Tanana, flood warning in effect for ice jam flooding until 400 pm

Flood watch for the following areas:
Northern and Interior Seward Peninsula -- Buckland River at Buckland, flood watch in effect until 4 pm this afternoon

Lower Koyukuk and Middle Yukon Valleys -- for the Yukon River from the mouth of the Nowitna River to Nulato, flood watch in effect through Wednesday afternoon

Central Interior -- Yukon River between Tanana and the mouth of the Nowitna River, flood watch in effect through Wednesday 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
·       5/11—Stevens Village, and Oscarville

Please see the attached Riverwatch Sitrep for more info.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 a case of H1N1 was reported on a cruise ship in Southeast Alaskan waters. HSS and various agencies are responding per the States plan. Case originated in Washington State. Patient given Tamiflu, remains isolated and is recovering aboard ship.
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