Floodwaters recede in Alaska town, cleanup begins

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Associated Press

Posted on September 22, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 22 at 9:33 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Floodwaters are receding from much of the Alaska tourist town of Talkeetna, giving residents a chance to begin cleaning the muddy mess left behind. But officials are warning the danger hasn't passed and are advising people to boil their water.

Although, rivers and streams draining from the Talkeetna Mountains have crested and water levels have fallen steadily, a flood warning remains in effect for the area until Sunday night. Many waterways remain above flood stage.

Talkeetna is the last stop for climbers heading to Mount McKinley, North America's tallest mountain. It also has an eclectic population, and has long been purported to be the inspiration for the Alaska town in the TV series, "Northern Exposure."

Longtime residents tell the Anchorage Daily News flooding was the worst they'd seen in more than 30 years. Still, emergency responders say it could've been worse.

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