Ice Jam Breaks on Yukon River

A gap in an ice jam is slowly draining a massive backup of water upriver from the community of Fort Yukon.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- A gap in an ice jam is slowly draining a massive backup of water upriver from the community of Fort Yukon.
   
Part of the ice jam on the Yukon River broke early Wednesday morning.
   
Forecasters have been watching a large amount of water behind the ice jam 12 miles upriver from the community 145 miles northeast of Fairbanks.  Fort Yukon police Sgt. Peter Hawbaker says that other than some ice Tuesday night and early Wednesday, water levels have not changed since dropping after minor flooding Monday.
   
Some low-lying areas of the town with more than 580 residents flooded including a road to the airport.
   
State emergency managers are working with Fort Yukon and other communities threatened or affected by flooding, including Circle and Eagle.