Smaller slush ice is moving through and the water level has dropped substantially – the temperature is about 16 degrees.
After days of now ice going by, something upriver let loose. As of 8:30 this evening small intermittent chunks began passing, then they got more common and larger. Now some 300 feet long are passing.
The water level has dropped a few inches…for now.
I talked to Eric Morgan in Chuathbaluk and he said their ice is now moving. Word is that the ice in Aniak is also moving down the slough and piling up on the dike.
Looking upriver - but there are much larger ones behind this one
Not much has changed over the past few days. It did snow a little as you can see, and the temperature is around 30 degrees at 8:00 AM. It’s calm as could be.
The jam upriver still hasn’t given out, so we’ve got only a little slush floating past. Water level hasn’t varied much – partly due to the cool weather.
Community Center with a dusting of snow
As of 6:45 PM on May 2nd there is very little ice passing Napaimute. However, there is still plenty of ice upriver. There is a substantial jam several miles below Sleetmute that is backing water up and causing some flooding on the roads.
The water here at Napaimute has risen about an inch an hour since noon.
You can see from the following River Watch map (http://aprfc.arh.noaa.gov/) where the ice still is as of 4:00 PM this afternoon. Note that Sleetmute is designated with a Flood Warning and Red Devil with a Flood Watch.
Ice conditions as of 4:00 PM May 2nd
Here’s what the river is doing at Napaimute as of 7:00 PM on May 2nd.
Looking downstream from Napaimute