Coastal Flooding in Northwest Alaska

November 2017

A moderately strong storm moved across the Chukchi Sea November 11 and 12. Because of near-record low ice cover over the Chukchi for so late in the autumn, the long fetch of winds over the open water brought coastal flooding and severe erosion to several communities. Hardest hit were the northern Seward Peninsula communities of Shishmaref, were the road to the landfill suffered serious erosion, and at Deering, where a home was evacuated and the airstrip cut off for about half a day. Minor flooding also occurred at Kotzebue, where some parking areas were inundated. 


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