- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - Residents are being advised not to use the Kuskokwim River in western Alaska because of thinning ice.

KYUK reports (https://is.gd/Dc29ie) the advisory comes after Bethel Search and Rescue conducted an aerial survey along a 50-mile stretch of the river, from Napaskiak (nuh-PASS’-kee-ack) to Tuluksak (too-LOOK’-sack). Officials report there’s about 50 holes open in the ice along that stretch of the popular winter road.

The holes have opened up after a recent warm spell that also brought rain.

Bethel rescue officials say people shouldn’t travel on the river, and there may be additional smaller holes that people may not see because of glare ice.

People are urged to be patient and use back inland trails if travel is necessary. A cold front is expected, and additional river surveys will be conducted.

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Information from: KYUK-AM, https://www.kyuk.org

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