Spring Break up

The Ice Dam Melt-eth: Will this spring be the mother of all Break ups?

Are your eaves drip-drip-dripping, slowly unloading the watery burden of one of our snowiest winters on record? How about your basement — getting dampish? And about those potholes, landed in one lately?

Get ready, Alaskans. The next few weeks will unfold in a soggy, gritty, sloppy transition from winter’s humongous snow mounds to spring’s final meltdown. At about 4 p.m. Saturday, as reported by the Anchorage Daily News, this town rightfully earned its snowy big head, with an official tally of 133.6 inches. Average annual snowfall for the city is about half that.

As April temperatures remain cool in Interior Alaska, the chances of a sudden warm-up grow, vastly increasing the potential for big river flooding and “ballistic ice” that can scour a village and eat houses.

But will Campbell and Chester Creeks jump their banks? Will our water table meet us in the backyard? Can our storm drains handle this mess?

Our guests have solid advice for the break-up blues. So bring your questions and join host Kathleen McCoy on the next Hometown Alaska.



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HOST: Kathleen McCoy


LIVE broadcast: Wednesday, April 11, 2012. 2:00 – 3:00 pm (Alaska time)

REPEAT BROADCAST: Wednesday, April 11, 2012. 7:00 – 8:00 pm (Alaska time)

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