In May 2013 a series of severe ice breakup floods ravaged multiple rural communities on the Yukon River, AK and Lena River, Russia. The most damaging floods took place in the village of Galena in central Alaska and the village of Edeytsy in Yakutia, Russia. Both communities suffered severe socioeconomic impacts, including near complete destruction of the entire infrastructure and public property, long-term evacuation and relocation of population, and loss of means of livelihood. As part of the 2016 U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program, a bilateral and interdisciplinary team was assembled with the goal to outline best practices in community flood preparedness, breakup monitoring, ice jam flood forecasting and mitigation, and disaster response and recovery. In addition to participating in roundtable discussions in Russia and the U.S. with emergency managers, scientists, and policymakers, the team conducted interdisciplinary and community-based participatory research in Edeytsy in November 2015 and Galena in March 2016.
This presentation we will discuss the results and exchange of best practices shared between the U.S. and Russia in managing the short and long term impacts of annual spring flooding in communities in Alaska and Siberia.