National Weather Service issues Flood Advisory for Tanana and Chena River

Published: Aug. 7, 2018 at 9:42 PM AKDT
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The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Advisory for the Tanana and Chena River until Thursday, including areas below the mouth of the Chena, and low lying areas.

The last few days have brought heavy rains to the Interior - and with rain comes rising rivers.

Those who live in areas close to, or on the river are familiar with the preparations that come with high water and flooding.

In 2016, Fairbanks residents experienced water levels that left some stranded in driveways.

Baird Steifel, the Emergency manager for the Fairbanks North Star Borough, talked about the rising flood waters and what to be aware of.

"For recreation on the Chena or the Tanana, the crease water logs that have been stuck on the bottom all summer, or trees may be moving log jams that bridges, especially if water gets high, could increase. And if we have extended period of rain there's definitely a chance that people's basements and crawl spaces could start flooding, as well. There is no dam on the Tanana like there is on the Chena, and this area we're talking about is below the protection of the levies north of the Chena all the way to Salcha is protected, but once you get below the Chena it's not," said Steifel.

Water levels are expected to decrease soon, as heavy rains have ended.