Mt. ReDoubt Update: 3/26 @ 8:30 p.m.

As noted in the last update, the eruptions at Mt. ReDoubt this morning produced a mud flow down the Drift River Valley.

Consequently, the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the Drift River Valley. According to their statement, anyone in the warning area should "move to higher ground immediately. Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property."

Chevron has still made no decision with regard to drawing out the over 6 million gallons of oil at their Drift River storage facility. The Cook Inlet Pipeline Company is trying to determine if a pumping system can be utilized if Chevron decides to remove the oil. Unfortunately, the runway next to the facility is currently covered with debris from today's eruptions. As pipeline contractor Lana Johnson stated, "Right now, nothing can happen, because you can't bring any equipment in, because the runway is closed."

On the home front here in Homer, the ashfall has subsided. Snowfall during the late afternoon can probably be credited with alleviating the situation.

Stay tuned.

- photo of ReDoubt's ash cloud taken this morning by Robert Cole of PenAir (click on photo to enlarge)