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A significant amount of water, most of it locked away in ice and snow, sits in the drainages of several Interior rivers, including the Yukon, Koyukuk and even the Chena. The same is true for much of the huge Susitna River drainage in Southcentral.
The numbers coming out of their formulas are striking. For instance, the "volume flow forecast" for the Yukon River around Stevens Village is 116 percent of normal for April through July, McClure said. That means enough water will flow by the village to cover 48.2 million acres of land with 1 foot of water, a measurement hydrologists call acre-feet.
"Forty-eight million acres is about the size of South Dakota," McClure said."