May 11, 2009
Yesterday I was talking to some elders who think that some of the very old houses along the river might flood, but only two of them are occupied. The elders aren’t too concerned about this year’s flooding – even with the flooding upriver. Their ice is a lot thicker than we have here.
Segundo, his dad and brother have been going down daily to check nets or make holes for ice fishing and the ice is hardly 3 feet thick right now which is about normal for break up.
Nunam is kind of an island so even though we flood, the ice usually goes on either side of us. Unless both sides happen to jam at the exact same time we don’t do to bad.
We do have an evacuation plan. The new school is very high and, if necessary, they would evacuate us. They did this back in the 70’s by helicopter. I am told that the women and children were evacuated but most of the men stayed behind.
We will be on 24 hour flood watch just like we are every year. Last year we took turns staying up all night watching the water levels. We have the boats out and when the time comes if the water starts to rise they will be moved to the houses. It has been over 30 years since it has ever flooded here badly enough to need evacuation.
We had over 2 feet of water come through the village last year and were fine, very interesting riding a 4 wheeler through that much water. Please keep in mind that we do flood every year and we are careful and will be prepared.
We will keep you updated, but remember, we are still probably at least a week, if not two away from break up here.