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Flooding reported on Nenana River as heavy rains pound Alaska Range

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Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012 1:58 pm | Updated: 11:31 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Updated at 12 a.m. with photos

FAIRBANKS — The Nenana River was flooding in Healy on Friday as a result of heavy rain on the south side of the Alaska Range.

The weather service issued a flood warning for the Nenana River from Carlo Creek at 224 Mile Parks Highway all the way to its mouth at the Tanana River in Nenana until 12:15 p.m. Saturday.

Several inches of rain fell on the south side of the range overnight Thursday, according to meteorologist Jim Brader with the National Weather Service in Fairbanks.

The water in the Nenana River, which drains the south side of the Alaska Range, was already at record levels and was expected to rise another 6 to 8 inches before cresting sometime Friday night, Brader said.

The water level in the Nenana River was reported at 14.4 feet early Friday afternoon, the highest it's ever been according to records dating back to 1990, Brader said.

Low-lying areas from Carlo Creek to Nenana were expected to flood Friday and Saturday, Brader said.

Minor flooding already was occurring at the Usibelli Coal Mine in Healy, he said. Employees at the mine reported the boat launch was flooded and that water was over the bank and rising up on the shoulder of the road to the mine. The riverbank was eroding and several trees had fallen into the river, according to a statement issued by the weather service.

Water levels downstream of Healy will rise through Friday night and the Nenana River at Nenana is expected to crest early Saturday morning.

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