(Elizabeth Bluemink and James Halpin/Anchorage Daily News, 21 May 2009) -- Flood waters ebbed somewhat Thursday in the village of Russian Mission, but about eight families have evacuated their homes and the airport remained underwater. Extensive flooding has been reported on the lower Yukon River this week as ice jams have made their way toward the sea, the National Weather Service reported. About five homes in Russian Mission still had flood water in them, and on Wednesday a 17,000-gallon gas tank floated about town until people tied it down, local residents said. "Fortunately, there wasn't any fuel spilled or leaked," said Phillip Duffy, the village traditional council's transportation specialist. The Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said it was sending a team to the village Thursday. The National Weather Service has a flood warning in effect through this afternoon for the Yukon from Russian Mission to Pilot Station. A flood watch is in effect through Monday afternoon from St. Marys to Emmonak and Alakanuk on the Bering Sea coast.
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