Daily Archives: 29 May 2013

Galena vs. The Yukon

Galena AK 2 Galena Alaska

A 30 mile ice dam on the Yukon River has the little village of Galena under siege.  Most of the 500 residents have been forced to evacuate, as flood waters submerge buildings and lift homes off their foundations.

After several days of 80 degree weather, the front of the massive ice dam has begun to show signs of churning.  Once it releases, Koyukuk, which lies downriver, will be the next village at risk of flooding.

Photos courtesy of the National Weather Service