Impact of Galena Flooding Seen All Over Town

Residents of Galena, the Alaska city flooded in May by the Yukon River, have just seen the sun set on the longest day of the year.

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by Associated Press

GALENA- Residents of Galena, the Alaska city flooded in May by the Yukon River, have just seen the sun set on the longest day of the year.

Now, they're getting ready for winter.

Despite the progress, signs of last month's flooding are everywhere in the community of about 450 people.

A lake of stranded water still covers the baseball fields, towers of debris await disposal in furnaces and a bumper crop of mosquitoes has hatched.

Electricity and cellphone service is available throughout the community, but water and sewer service is limited to the part of town that stayed dry during the flood.

The majority of Galena residents evacuated during the flood, but they are starting to return.