Delta River

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

The flooding that closed about a mile of Spengler Road near Big Delta earlier this month has begun to recede. And a state Transportation Department spokesperson says repair work on a side road that had washed-out is helping to deflect the rain-swollen Delta River’s floodwaters.

Tim Ellis/KUAC

The state Transportation Department hopes to resume work soon on a dike off the Delta River near Big Delta to divert floodwater that’s flooded nearly a mile of the Old Richardson Highway. No one’s been injured, but the flooding north of Delta Junction has swamped at least a couple of homes and cut off access to several others.

Copper Country Alliance

Backers of a proposal to create a state wildlife refuge around Tangle Lakes say they’re not discouraged that they haven’t yet succeeded in their decade-long effort to get the Legislature to act on the proposal. The refuge advocates say they’ll continue the campaign to educate the public and build grassroots support to compel lawmakers to protect the area’s prime caribou habitat and hunting and fishing grounds from being harmed by large-scale mining operations.