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From:Friday, May 15, 2009 2:06 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-135 for May 15, 2009 
Today’s Situation Report email contains the following attachments:
- DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-135 for May  15, 2009
- PR 09-106 Governor Declares Disaster for Interior Flooding .pdf
- Riverwatch - Flooding Sit Rep 5-15- 09.pdf
-APR A-H1N1 Influenza Sit Rep for 5-15-09.pdf
- Whittier Update - Passenger and Freight Transportation.pdf - Alaska Railroad Corporation News Release

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
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 Flood Response Teams have been deployed to coordinate flooding response and flooding support activities; they are staged in Eagle, Bethel and Fairbanks.

Activity at Redoubt Volcano continues.

• Significant Weather from the NWS
There are no flood warnings in effect:

Flood watch for the following areas:
Lower Yukon Valley -- from Koyukuk to Holy Cross, flood watch in effect through this evening
Lower Koyukuk and Middle Yukon Valleys -- the Yukon River between Koyukuk and Holy Cross, flood watch in effect through this 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
• 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.

15 May 2009 -- As of 06:00 GMT, 15 May 2009, 34 countries have officially reported 7520 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection. Mexico has reported 2446 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 60 deaths. The United States has reported 4298 laboratory confirmed human cases, including three deaths. Canada has reported 449 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 (AICC) 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 http://fire.ak.blm.gov/content/news/highlights/current.pdf for additional wildfire news and information for current  Alaska wildland fire information.

Alaska Wildfires
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC):
As of May 15, 2009, there have been a total of 83 fires reported with total acreage of 39,866.1
Please see the AICC Morning Highlights http://fire.ak.blm.gov/content/news/highlights/current.pdf for additional wildfire news and information.

Homer Fire:  Mi. 17 East End Rd
Start Date:  12 May 09.  Acres Burned:  1,074.0.  The cause of the fire was electricity from a downed power line. The fire is approximately 25% contained. 150 plus residences in the fire area subdivisions are still at risk.

• Red Flag Warnings
Lower Kuskokwim Valley, red flag warning in effect from 2 pm this afternoon to 9 pm this evening for strong winds
 Bristol Bay, red flag warning in effect from 2 pm this afternoon to 9 pm this evening for strong winds

Please see the National Weather Service Fire Weather site at http://firewx.arh.noaa.gov/ for the most current fire weather 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