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Late August rains break records


Heavy rains last Friday and Saturday, August 28 and 29, broke precipitation records for those respective days, according to National Weather Service data.

Residents braved a rainy Friday which saw 2.61 inches fall. Downpours on Saturday, however, brought that day's rain total to 3.55 inches. Those measurements are taken at the airport. Local resident Doug Welde also records rain measurements from his downtown home where he recorded just over 5 inches of rain on Saturday.

The total rainfall for August recorded by NWS came in just shy of 14 inches, far short of the all-time record of 17.54 set in 2011.

Impacts of a rainy August have been seen across Southeast, from the Aug. 18 landslide in Sitka to the cancellation of the fast ferry, F/V Chenega, four times in the past two weeks.

Locally, SECON issued warnings to drivers about local road conditions and pot holes on Haugen and Nordic Drive—both currently under construction—which were worsened by recent heavy rainfall. Drivers will soon see some relief from bumpy road conditions as SECON Project Manager Ralph Vigilante announced that paving preparations for Haugen began Monday.


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