Flood updates

FAIRBANKS - The Sun came out today after days of heavy rains, and now the after effects will begin kicking in as rivers begin to rise in the Interior.

It's been six years since the Chena Flood Control Project was really needed.

But after lengthy meetings this morning, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decided that flood gates would need to be lowered to prevent the Chena River from rising above flood stage.

The process will cause the water being held back to flood into the flatlands in front of the dam.

Tim Feavel with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said "We're basically lowering these four big gates down into the bed of the water, bed of the river. And we're restricting the flow into Fairbanks to where it hits around that 8,000 CFS threshold, we're restricting the flow so that we don't flood Fairbanks, so it doesn't go over the banks."