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WWAK83 PAFG 181710  
SPSAFG  
 
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FAIRBANKS AK  
910 AM AKDT SUN AUG 18 2019  
 
AKZ221>223-225-226-191715-  
CENTRAL INTERIOR-MIDDLE TANANA VALLEY-DELTANA AND TANANA FLATS-  
DENALI-EASTERN ALASKA RANGE-  
INCLUDING NENANA, ANDERSON, TANANA, MINTO, MANLEY HOT SPRINGS,  
RAMPART, LAKE MINCHUMINA, LIVENGOOD, FAIRBANKS, FORT WAINWRIGHT,  
EIELSON AFB, ESTER, NORTH POLE, MOOSE CREEK, TWO RIVERS, FOX,  
CHATANIKA, CHENA HOT SPRINGS, SOURDOUGH CAMP, SALCHA,  
DELTA JUNCTION, FORT GREELY, HARDING/BIRCH LAKE, DRY CREEK,  
DOT LAKE, HEALY LAKE, HEALY, DENALI NATIONAL PARK, CARLO CREEK,  
KANTISHNA, MENTASTA LAKE, BLACK RAPIDS, DONNELLY DOME,  
TRIMS DOT CAMP, EAGLE TRAIL, AND MINERAL LAKE  
910 AM AKDT SUN AUG 18 2019  
   
..HIGH WATER ACROSS THE INTERIOR
 
 
RAINFALL BETWEEN THURSDAY AND SATURDAY WAS OVER 1 INCH IN THE  
AREA SOUTH OF CIRCLE TO TANANA (EXCLUDING THE FORTYMILE BASIN  
WHICH WAS DRIER), WITH 2 INCHES OVER MOST OF THE AREA SOUTH OF  
WONDER LAKE TO FAIRBANKS TO THE GERSTLE RIVER, AND 3 TO 4 INCHES  
ALONG THE ALASKA RANGE BETWEEN THE DELTA JUNCTION AND DENALI, WITH  
THE EIELSON VISITOR CENTER COME IN AT 4 INCHES. MOST OF THIS RAIN  
FELL IN A 24 HOURS PERIOD BETWEEN EARLY FRI MORNING AND SATURDAY  
MORNING. MOST OF THE WATER HAS MOVED OUT OF STREAMS AND INTO  
LARGER RIVERS. THE NENANA RIVER HAS A FLOOD ADVISORY, WITH MINOR  
FLOODING OCCURING IN THE CITY OF NENANA, AND THAT FLOODING IS  
EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL MORE DAYS. THE TANANA RIVER HAS A  
FLOOD ADVISORY FROM SHAW CREEK ALL THE WAY TO THE CITY OF TANANA  
WITH FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS ALONG THE TANANA RIVER, WHICH  
WILL LAST FOR SEVERAL MORE DAYS.  
 
THE LITTLE CHENA AND GOODPASTER RIVERS CRESTED SAT BELOW BANKFULL  
AND THE THREAT OF FLOODING IS OVER ON BOTH OF THOSE RIVERS. THE  
UPPER CHENA RIVER CRESTED SATURDAY AT MINOR FLOOD STAGE, AND THE  
CHENA RIVER NEAR HUNTS CREEK IS EXPECTED TO CREST TODAY NEAR MINOR  
FLOOD STAGE, WITH THE CHENA IN FAIRBANKS CRESTING ON MONDAY  
BELOW BANKFULL. THE SALCHA RIVER WILL CREST TODAY OVER A FOOT  
ABOVE FLOOD STAGE, WHICH IS THE HIGHEST WATER LEVEL ON THE SALCHA  
RIVER SINCE 2014.  
 
GROUND WATER FLOODING INTO BASEMENTS IS OCCURING IN THE SALCHA  
AREA, AND COULD OCCUR IN NORTH POLE AND FAIRBANKS, AND AT ANY LOW  
LYING AREAS ALONG THE TANANA RIVER AND THE CHENA RIVER. THE WATER  
TABLE IN ALL OF THESE AREAS WILL REMAIN HIGH FOR AT LEAST SEVERAL  
MORE DAYS.  
 

 
 
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