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Storm Battering Western Alaska Causes Widespread Flooding

Flooded Front Street in Nome, Alaska, on Sept. 17.

Flooded Front Street in Nome, Alaska, on Sept. 17.

Photographer: Peggy Fagerstrom/AP Photo

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Anchorage, Alaska (AP) -- A powerful storm sweeping north through the Bering Strait on Saturday caused widespread flooding in several western Alaska coastal communities, knocking out power and sending residents fleeing for higher ground.

The force of the water moved some homes off their foundations, and one house in Nome floated down a river until it got caught at a bridge.