Weather Alert

Alaska community blocks road after further riverbank loss

NAPAKIAK, Alaska (AP) – A main street has been blocked in an Alaska community after storms further damaged a riverbank that has been ravaged by erosion.

KYUK-AM reported Wednesday about 8 feet (2.4 meters) of riverbank in Napakiak fell into the Kuskokwim River over the weekend.

Napakiak has lost more than 100 feet (30 meters) of shoreline this year.

Winds gusted up to 46 mph (74 kph) and about 2.4 inches (6.1 centimeters) of rain fell from Friday to Sunday.

Barriers were erected after the river crested a road in the community 15 miles (24 kilometers) southwest of Bethel.

Welders dismantled two empty fuel tanks owned by the village corporation and moved them away from the river.

A city council member says he is unsure how long the land will hold.

Information from: KYUK-AM, http://www.kyuk.org

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