Flooding reported in Kenai Keys, Big Eddy areas

The Kenai Keys and Big Eddy subdivisions along the Kenai River are experiencing moderate flooding, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management reported Monday. Entry into these areas has been limited to homeowner access and emergency response only. Sunday night, Central Emergency Services assisted some residents requesting evacuation.

EOC and road crews are assessing subdivisions in low-lying areas along the Kenai River to determine flooded roads or limited access caused by the rising waters.

The National Weather Service has extended the flood warning for the Kenai River from the lake to the mouth of the Kenai until 10 p.m. today.

The Department of Environmental Conservation has issuing the following advisory for Kenai Peninsula property owners near flooding streams and rivers: The flooded wells may be contaminated with bacteria or other microorganisms that can cause illness. People with onsite wells on flooded property should boil water used for drinking, cooking, hand washing, or dish washing. Boil filtered and settled water vigorously for two minutes.

After the flooding has subsided, the well and water system should be disinfected with chlorine and thoroughly flushed, and then tested by a certified laboratory to ensure the water is safe to drink.

Anyone needed non-emergency assistance or the latest information may call the borough’s Emergency Operations Center at 714-2484.

— Staff report

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