WOW! The Chena flushed itself again this afternoon. Yesterday the river shot up 3 to 4 feet at my place. Lots of ice and wood came down. Today the flush was even more intense. It was wall to wall ice and logs.
We watched all sorts of man made stuff floating away. Then a friend called. Their dock got ripped away. We jumped into the skiff, and headed out. Who was that said something about tough and stupid? And worse, my buddy, mr. conservative, jumped in the skiff with me. Yep, Dumb and Dumber heading out on a rescue 911 mission.
We spotted the dock on the east/south bank jammed up in boat crushing ice. I figured as big as it all was I'd be able to skip on top. We did. Finally caught the darn thing right above Susan Butcher's place and tied it off just as the owner called. Told him I had a problem. I was standing on his dock, with no beer, stuck in an eddy with nowhere to go.
We did try to beat our way back up stream, but huh uh. Not happening. So we got back to the eddy at Monson's/Butcher's and walked out after calling for a ride.
I have lived in this house on the river for 10 years and have never seen a break up this dynamic here. A friend at Perkins Landing called. He had chunks of ice big as his house trying to crawl up the bank. He said truck size pieces made it. That should make some good photos.
The river is about a foot under the bank at my house. Pretty high for this time of year. I am revising my earlier comment about not running the Tanana until May 12. I am guessing that I can run all the way to Nenana by May 9.
Sure were a lot of drums, barrels, docks, stairs, balls, and debris heading down. Should make for some good scrounging later.