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sue.t

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Posted: 06/11/12 08:50am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here's a topo map of the area that is washed out (screenshot from Mapsource with my waypoints for Rancheria Lodge and the AK kilometre).

Reports indicate it is Canyon Creek that split and damaged the Alaska Highway:




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Posted: 06/11/12 10:22am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yukon Gov't has tweeted that they are working towards re-opening the Alaska Highway today! Yippee!

Groceries were flown into Whitehorse during the weekend. I understand the gas stations are going dry though, which is difficult on many in Yukon who don't live in an urban centre and need to drive many miles each day.

RVers will also be feeling the gasoline pinch until the pumps are resupplied!

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Posted: 06/11/12 01:05pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Canyon Creek bridge southeast of Haines Junction is not the same location.

BTW, that often photographed bridge isn't all that historical. The log bridge over that Canyon Creek is a replica and not the original bridge. Many believe it is the original log bridge, but it isn't so.

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Posted: 06/11/12 02:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When the highway does re-open, I have the impression there will be a traffic jam for a few hours. Might be best to hold back and let the herd go ahead!

This image from CBC:



Full article at Travellers still stranded in Yukon after floods

On Edit: Just read a government update ... apparently the commercial transport trucks will be the first permitted to go through the highway when it re-opens. A good thing, since those of us north of the washout need the goods & supplies they are transporting!

* This post was edited 06/11/12 03:03pm by sue.t *

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Posted: 06/11/12 11:01am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

While it's several miles farther west, but does anyone know the fate of the historic wooden bridge at MM965/KM1547? It's also on creek called Canyon Creek, which is obviously not the same Canyon Creek as the one on Sue's map since the one I refer to is between Whitehorse and Haines Junction.

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sue.t wrote:

The Canyon Creek bridge southeast of Haines Junction is not the same location.

BTW, that often photographed bridge isn't all that historical. The log bridge over that Canyon Creek is a replica and not the original bridge. Many believe it is the original log bridge, but it isn't so.

As I said, I know it's not the same location that's in the news. I was just curious to see if anyone knew how it fared, given the flooding in other areas to the east of it at Rancheria and to the west out around Burwash Landing. When we passed by last summer, the water was fairly high and lapping almost to the bridge deck, so I was just wondering if it had been affected by this year's flooding.

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Posted: 06/11/12 04:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Yukon News has some great photos of the flooding at Canyon Creek near Rancheria. Amazing stuff!

The News Article

The Slide Show

This is one of the images:



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Posted: 06/11/12 11:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Apparently the Alaska Highway is now OPEN! Traffic is being controlled, with transport trucks moving through first. Then others. There will be delays.

Good patience to all those waiting!

http://www.511yukon.ca/

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Posted: 06/12/12 09:11am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yup, it was an event when the first northbound transport truck went through Teslin! There's a short video accompanying this news article from CBC.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/stor........2/north-alaska-highway-open.html?cmp=rss

The Alaska Highway was busy through the night with trucks heading for Alaska!

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Thanks for all the good information sue.t. Well be heading South now.

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