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Tanana, Salcha rivers flood Interior Alaska

Alaska, USA
Image: Charles Tressler wades his way along Howell Road as a pickup truck braves the rising waters as Salcha residents struggle with another flood caused by rising waters in the Tanana and Salcha Rivers due to recent heavy rains Wednesday, July 30, 2008

FAIRBANKS — Downpours across Interior Alaska caused waterways including the Salcha and Tanana rivers to spill their banks Wednesday in a continuation of some of the worst flooding here in decades.

Much of the flood-prone community of Salcha woke to find flood waters had surrounded homes and filled crawlspaces after overnight showers brought two-day rainfall levels to a combined 4 inches.

The Tanana River, at well over 26 feet Wednesday evening, had risen to its highest level since the flood of 1967, National Weather Service hydrologist Ed Plumb said. The forecast was for more rain Wednesday night and this morning — up to another inch in Fairbanks and another two to the northeast.

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