Flooding continues in parts of the interior

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – Ongoing flooding from rapid snowmelt from the thick winter snowpack has prompted the National Weather Service to expand numerous flood advisories and warnings across Alaska.

In the north basin of the Copper River, a flood warning has been issued which includes the Gulkana River, Tyone River and Lake Louise Road until 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.

“Warm temperatures combined with continued snowmelt along the Alaska Range and northern Copper River Basin are resulting in significant snowmelt runoff,” the advisory said. “All of this water flows down rivers and streams in the Copper River North Basin region, including the Gulkana River and the Lake Louise watershed. This leads to full banks or, in some cases, bank runoff and minor flooding. Minor flooding is also continuing along Lake Louise Road due to persistent snowmelt in the area. Water flooded the road and blocked access to the lodge and the airstrip.

The National Weather Service also issued an advisory for the Tanana Plains, parts of the eastern and central Tanana Valley and Fortymile Country until 8 a.m. Wednesday.

“Snowmelt runoff continues to flow down the Salcha River,” the advisory wrote. “This surge of water is expected to reach the Richardson Highway bridge area over the next two days. The high altitude snowpack has shrunk considerably over the past few days and water levels will gradually drop later this week.

A flood advisory was also issued for Northwaywhich has been reported to the National Weather Service as the highest water line in four decades.

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Betty K. Park