Torrential rains cause numerous woes in Northwest Alaska

By MICHELLE THERIAULT BOOTS

A week of torrential rain has caused havoc in Northwest Alaska, delaying air traffic, flooding a landfill and causing problems for one village's supply of drinking water.

Starting on August 13, an unusual low pressure front over the Chukchi Sea poured rain on the Northwest Arctic, especially the area north of Kotzebue, said National Weather Service hydrologist and meteorologist Ed Plumb. The front persisted for a week or so, he said, stuck in the same pattern.

"If a storm rolls through and keeps going, it's fine," he said. "We had rain falling over the same area almost nonstop."

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