Fairbanks Area Rains Prompt Flood Advisories

Significant rain over the weekend in the Fairbanks area is prompting flood advisories for several rivers and streams. National Weather service meteorologist Corey Bogel says around two inches of rain has fallen, and there’s concern about recreational boaters. Bogel says water levels have been high on the Chena, Goodpaster and Salcha Rivers, and even the Tanana. The Goodpaster flooded an airstrip and equipment yard at the Pogo Mine. Bogel says the rainy weather pattern is unusual for the spring. Bogel says it’s hard to predict rainfall from this type of pattern, and cautions that weather is expected to remain unsettled with showers in the forecast. Nearly an inch of rain fell Sunday between Miles 80 and 112 on the Steese Highway, and flooding there was likely. Drivers are urged not to attempt to drive through water covering the road.

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Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.