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From:Thursday, May 14, 2009 1:37 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-134 for May 14, 2009 
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Attachments:
Today’s Situation Report email contains the following attachments:
- DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-134 for May  14, 2009
- PR 09-106 Governor Declares Disaster for Interior Flooding .pdf
- Riverwatch - Flooding Sit Rep 5-14- 09.pdf
-APR A-H1N1 Influenza Sit Rep for 5-14-09.pdf
- Whittier Update - Passenger and Freight Transportation.pdf - Alaska Railroad Corporation News Release
- State of Alaska, DNR press Release

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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.
One Riverwatch teams remain deployed. The Middle Yukon Team based out of Galena continues
aerial river surveillance of the Middle Yukon River.
The two Flood Response Teams continue to coordinate flooding response and flooding support
activities; they are staged in Eagle and Bethel.
Activity at Redoubt Volcano continues.

• Significant Weather from the NWS
Flood warnings for the following areas:
Kuskokwim Delta -- From Akiachak to Napakiak, remains in effect until 4 pm this afternoon for
ice jam flooding
Lower Koyukuk and Middle Yukon Valleys -- From Stevens Village to Ruby, in effect through 12
pm Thursday
Central Interior -- From Tanana to Ruby, flood warning in effect through 12 pm Thursday

Flood watch for the following areas:
Lower Koyukuk and Middle Yukon Valleys -- From Ruby downstream, in effect until 4 pm this
afternoon
Lower Yukon Valley -- From Kaltag to Holy Cross, flood watch in effect through Friday evening

Community Assistance and Monitored Events
The SECC is monitoring 4 events.

• Ice Jam Flooding
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, Nulato, Bethel, Oscarville (minor) and Tanana
5/12 – Napakiak and Napaskiak (both minor)
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.

14 May 2009 -- As of 06:00 GMT, 14 May 2009, 33 countries have officially reported 6497 cases of
influenza A(H1N1) infection.
Mexico has reported 2446 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 60 deaths. The
United States has reported 3352 laboratory confirmed human cases, including three deaths.
Canada has reported 389 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

Please see the DHSS H1N1 Situation Report that has been attached to today’s Situation Report
for detailed information.

• Whittier Road Closure

Associated Press - May 12, 2009 10:44 PM ET. The Alaska Railroad says it plans to end its special passenger shuttles between Portage and Whittier. The shuttles will run through Thursday. State transportation crews are wrapping up clean up of the Portage Glacier Highway, which was hit by a massive rock slide on April 11. The highway has been mostly closed since, although it recently was reopened on a limited schedule. Reopening of the road to two-way traffic is set for Friday.

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
No fire weather watches, warnings, or advisories in effect

Homer Fire Department, Kachemak Emergency Services, and the Alaska State Division of
Forestry responded to a wildfire burning on the south side of Mile 17 of the East End Rd Tuesday
evening. The cause of the fire was electricity from a downed power line. A suspension of open
burning went into effect on the Kenai Peninsula on Tuesday. This includes burn barrels,
but does not include cooking, warming, or signaling fires. See attached press release.
Extreme fire behavior caused a break in the containment. The fire was classified as a Type II and a
Type II Incident Management Team was ordered. East End Rd. remains closed to all east bound
traffic.

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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