Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Alaska Town Floods As Ice Jam Clogs River

A remote Alaska town is being evacuated after a 30-mile ice jam on Alaska's Yukon River caused a rapid flood that has filled buildings with seven feet of water.

The floodwaters in Galena continued to rise on Wednesday, lifting homes there off their foundations and threatening to breach a barrier that protects the tiny airport.

Most of the town's 500 residents have left the area. National Weather Service hydrologist Ed Plumb said the ice jam was starting to show some signs of breaking up, as water began surging through gaps on Wednesday.