Flooding feared as Alaska tourist town evacuates

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The residents of the quirky Alaska tourist town of Talkeetna are being asked to evacuate because the nearby river continues to rise after heavy rains.

Flooding is causing problems over a wide swath of Alaska, from Talkeetna, near the base of Mount McKinley, to the port town of Seward, 175 miles to the south.

Overnight rains ranged from a half inch to 1 1/2 inches over a 6- to 8-hour period. The Talkeetna River was within a foot of its record stage of 17.4 feet.

City fire officials said Friday that flooding in the town 110 miles north of Anchorage is imminent, and nearly 900 residents are being asked to evacuate.

It’s been a tough weather month in Alaska: Anchorage has had three major wind storms, with some gusts reported over 110 mph.

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