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Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 7:12 am | Updated: 1:04 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Flood waters in the village of Crooked Creek on the Kuskokwim River are receding.

Jeremy Zidek with the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management told the Anchorage Daily News on Thursday that flood water had dropped about 8 feet.

However, an ice jam is still threatening the western Alaska village.

Crooked Creek flooded Sunday and about 50 people evacuated to the nearby Donlin Mine. However, more than 80 remained behind.

Teams offering help have been sent to Crooked Creek, including a state crew on Thursday to inspect home and public facilities and figure out what needs to be done.

The National Weather Service says towns downriver could be next, including Aniak. The city manager there says the town is as prepared as it can be for flooding.

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