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Anecdote: Yukon

Dawson City Flood, 1925

The ice broke on the Klondike River on May 7th. The Yukon River ice broke in front of Dawson City at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, May 9th. The Dawson Daily News said, "It moved slowly downstream, grinding against the piles of the White Pass dock and lifting the platform several feet, but no serious damage was done."

"Fifteen minutes later it jammed near St. Mary's hospital and backed up as far as Church Street. The jam broke by 10:30 and the ice moved out."

"Worst Floods Known Submerge City" was the headline on Thursday, May 14th. "The worst flood ever known in the Yukon began here this, Thursday, morning at about six o'clock, and the south end of the city is now under water to the depth of four or five feet, some cabins and other dwelling places are afloat, and many have been so undermined by the floods that they are in serious state...."

- Dawson City Museum & Historical Society

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