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Murkowski to Hold Break-Up Forecast Roundtable

Senator Assembling Authorities to Evaluate Statewide Flood Potential, Event to Be Webcast Live Across Alaska

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced she is holding a roundtable discussion with state and federal authorities next Thursday in Anchorage – that will be livestreamed to all Alaskan communities – on the upcoming spring thaw and potential flood risks in Alaska.

“Alaska has seen a historic winter of snowfall,” said Murkowski. “But after the snow piles peak and before the water levels increase, Alaskans’ concerns and anxieties rise about the break-up and flood season ahead.  I want to answer those questions and ask officials what solutions are being prepared before we need them, as we’re talking ‘what-if’s’ around the kitchen table.”

What: “When the Waters Rise” – Breakup Forecast Roundtable

When: Thursday, April 5th, 10:00am-11:00

Where: UAA Campus, Gorsuch Commons (3700 Sharon Gagnon Lane), Room 107

Who:  Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and

·         Robert Forgit, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) AK Area Manager

·         Scott Lindsey, NOAA Service Coordination Hydrologist

·         Mike O’Hare, Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Webcast: http://murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Social-Media

Parking:  Available in the Willow Visitor Parking Lot, located off of Elmore. The Commons Building is off of Elmore, between Providence Dr. and Tudor Rd. Parking fees only in the Willow lot will be waived for the meeting.

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