The Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management is watching several areas of concern and potential road closures as storm water runoff continues to swamp roadways and cause river flooding.
According to a media release residents should avoid flooded areas and roads and watch for traffic diversions.
Several areas have either already been closed or are being watched including
-Areas of the Kenai River where the bank is eroding faster than normal
-Leopold Road in Ninilchik which has yet to be closed but should be avoided
-Cockline Road in Kasilof is closed
-Anchor Point River at the North Fork is threatening residents
-Stariski Creek has overflown its banks
-Tall Tree Avenue and Bridge is closed
-Lost Creek Bridge and parts of the Old Mill subdivision are closed
-Exit Glacier or Herman Leirer Road is closed
-The Bear Glacier Levee has breached and there is extreme flooding in Bruno area at the Questa Woods Subdivision
In Seward the Borough is teaming up with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to provide water quality testing according to a media release.
There are two potable water sites available at RV dump stations at 7th Avenue and Ballaine.
Schools in Seward will remain closed on Friday however the Moose Pass school is scheduled to be open and busses will run according to the normal schedule according to the release.
Shelter operations at Seward High School have been suspended as no one used the service, anyone needing shelter can contact the Borough’s emergency Operations Center.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning which is in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday.
Travellers are warned to use caution when heading into the Seward and Bear Creek area according to the release.
For current Alaska Highway information visit www.511.alaska.gov.
State temporarily closes Pillars boat launch
Due to heavy rainfall and road damage, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation has closed the Pillars boat launch in the Kenai River Special Management area.
According to a press release, repairs will be made to the launch as soon as high water levels subside. Call the Kenai/Prince William Sound area state park office at 262-5581 for more information.