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Flood warning for the Taku River in effect through Sunday, July 4

June 29, 2021 – News

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Taku River until 2 p.m. Sunday, July 4 due to glacier-dammed lake outburst and snowmelt. Record flooding is expected on the Taku River with the highest river levels about 46 feet on Thursday, July 1, exceeding the record event in 2004 when some structures were severely damaged.

People traveling in the area should use extreme caution as there will be increased trees and ice coming down the river, and cold water temperatures can increase the threat of hypothermia. Capital City Fire/Rescue is working with the Alaska State Troopers and the National Weather Service to ensure a swift emergency response is available if needed.

For more information, go to weather.gov/juneau or follow the National Weather Service Juneau Office on Facebook or Twitter.