Flood warnings issued for Skagway, Fairbanks streams
Nervous Fairbanks residents watched the heaviest rain in more than 40 years send rivers rising, but new flood threats emerged in southeast Alaska.
The Skagway Police Department issued a moderate flood warning for the Taiya River, and says the river crested Saturday at 18 feet. The National Park Service closed Chilkoot Trail for 24 hours and area campgrounds were expected to be affected.
In Fairbanks, The Daily News-Miner reports that Goldstream Creek flooded late Thursday night, rising from a trickle to 6 feet in 24 hours.
The 6.62 inches of rain that fell between June 18 and July 2 was the wettest 15-day period on record in Fairbanks, breaking the old record of 6.17 inches set in August 1967.