2023 Spring Floods Update for response in Circle, Crooked Creek, Glennallen and other flooded communities

    In this aerial photo chunks of ice follow flooding from an ice jam in Crooked Creek, Alaska, May 15. (Jennifer Wallace, Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management via AP)

    Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska (KINY) - The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is actively responding to the impacts of flooding on the Yukon River, Kuskokwim River, Glenallen, and other areas of the state.

    Governor Dunleavy’s declaration of state disaster emergency for the Alaska Gateway Regional Education Attendance Area (REAA), Yukon Flats REAA, Kuspuk REAA, and Copper River REAA has activated the state’s disaster recovery programs which can reimburse emergency response costs and provide disaster recovery grants to communities and individuals.

    In addition, to the flooding response, aerial River Watch is continuing to fly major river systems with ice break-up flood risk to provide advanced warning to communities still facing flood threats.

    Flooding information and resources can be found at ready.alaska.gov/flood.

    State of Alaska Individual Assistance Program

    Registration for Individual Assistance for the 2023 Spring Flooding Disaster will open on Wednesday, May 24, 2023.

    On May 24, disaster survivors can call the state’s Disaster Assistance Hotline at (844) 445-7131 to register over the phone.

    Online registration will be available at ready.alaska.gov after May 24, 2023.

    Information about the State of Alaska Individual Assistance program can be found at ready.alaska.gov/flood or ready.alaska.gov/Recovery/IA.



    The SEOC Division Supervisor and a SEOC responder continue to work in Circle, supporting coordination between the local community and interagency assistance organizations.

    The Red Cross conducted damage assessments in the community reporting 6 homes destroyed, 10 with major damage, 5 with minor damage, and 10-12 were inaccessible.

    Tanana Chiefs Conference confirmed that the wellhead is under ice and the community is using a skid steer to remove the ice.

    The Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Spill Prevention and Response (SPAR) sent a team yesterday.

    SPAR righted many home tanks by blocking or supporting where possible.

    DEC documented an estimated 30 impacted fuel tanks.

    Everything in the lower part of town has been impacted.

    SEOC is arranging a follow-up DEC mission to the community to further address environmental concerns.

    SEOC is working a mission to provide debris clean up and home “muck out” assistance to the community.

    Fort Yukon:

    SEOC has received a damage report from Fort Yukon with impacts to some tribal structures and residences.


    Debris clearance on Mission Road is ongoing.


    Crooked Creek:

    The Red Cross damage assessment team arrived in Crooked Creek today and began assessments.

    The Red Cross shelter support team is scheduled to arrive this weekend.

    Donlin Gold provided additional shelter supplies such as cots, blankets, and sheets, as well as water and fuel for generators.

    SEOC is working a mission to provide debris clean up and home “muck out” assistance to the community.


    Water rose overnight in Kwethluk but is receding this morning.

    Riverwatch landed in the community yesterday during flooding and provided a community briefing and remained in contact overnight.

    Community did a precautionary evacuation to high ground at school.


    Initial report of some buildings and the airport surrounded by water. Kusko Riverwatch is actively monitoring and in regular contact with the community.

    Lower Kalskag:
    Reports of one road flooded with no residential impacts.

    Reports of flood damage to Cranberry Road.

    Red Devil:
    Report of flooding on airport property.

    Reported flooding on Hangar Road.


    Red Cross damage assessment team reports 2 homes with major damage, 5 minor.

    The Copper Valley Community Library basement/crawlspace has water in it and Alaska Heritage Emergency Network is supporting their efforts to obtain fans to dry it out.

    DOT&PF continues to work with Granite Construction to install culverts along Moose Creek to address water overtopping the Glenn Highway.

    The Division of Forestry & Fire Protection has provided a Public Information Officer to assist the Glennallen incident command with disaster-related public information.

    Other Areas

    Ice Jams above and below the community have release and water levels have dropped.

    Flood Warning has been canceled.

    River Watch Teams conducted Buckland River over flights yesterday.

    SEOC in contact with the Northwest Arctic Borough which is responding to community requests for pumps and gravel.


    Flood Warning is in effect. State Emergency Operation Center has been in communication with the community. Northwest Arctic Borough is supporting request for assistance.

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