Flooding reaches the lower Yukon

The Associated Press
5/26/09

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – A huge community fundraiser is being planned to help people living in flood-stricken communities along the Yukon River.

The fundraiser is planned for Friday, May 29 at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall in Fairbanks. A dinner of honey-glazed ham with garlic mashed potatoes, country gravy, pasta salad and a dessert, prepared by Pike’s Catering, will be served.

A community wide garage sale also is planned for Saturday for flood relief and victims. That will be held during the day at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.

Proceeds from both events will go to a restricted American Red Cross fund to be used for flood relief and flood victims only.

While many communities that already were flooded are assessing the damage and doing cleanup, flooding now has moved to the lower Yukon River, where a half-dozen communities are affected. Emmonak and Alakanuk were bracing for more flooding over the weekend.

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