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Flood advisory issued for portions of the Kenai River

Posted: August 10, 2013 - 3:18pm  |  Updated: August 13, 2013 - 2:47pm

The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a flood advisory until Tuesday at 5 p.m. for the Kenai River from Skilak Lake. 

According to the advisory, the Kenai River downstream of Skilak Lake has been rising steadily for the past five days and could rise above flood stage in certain spots on Sunday before cresting Tuesday evening.

The rate that the Kenai River has been rising appears to be greater than what would be expected by recent rain and it is likely that the Skilak Glacier dam lake is releasing according to the advisory.

However, the only way to verify that the dam lake is releasing would be to fly over it and weather conditions during the past few days have prevented researchers from doing so, according to the release.  

By 10 a.m. Saturday a gauge at the Kenai Keys showed the river height to be at 10.85 feet, flood stage is 11 feet. In Soldotna, the river was measured at 10.55 feet and flood stage is 12 feet. 

An increase of more than a foot  is expected in both places, putting them at risk of flooding and prompting the weather service to warn residents downstream from Skilak Lake to take precaution while in low-lying areas, report minor flooding to local law enforcement and move things to higher ground. 

Editor's Note: This article has been changed to correct several grammatical errors. 

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CmoreButts
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CmoreButts 08/10/13 - 03:54 pm
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English

Obviously command of the English Language is not required to write for this newspaper.

coolbreeze99672
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coolbreeze99672 08/12/13 - 06:51 pm
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You are not from around here are ya...

Shouldn't there be a comma after obviously?

If you don't like our Clarion...don't read it.

Media Critic
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Media Critic 08/12/13 - 08:09 pm
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Good advice, coolbreeze99672

Maybe if the Clarion loses even more readers, its Georgia owners (who are not from around here) will invest some of the paper's advertising revenues on adequate journalism backed up by readable writing. If the advertisers stick around long enough. I AM from around here and know that there are enough educated people here to deserve better than this.

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Raoulduke 08/16/13 - 05:27 am
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Damage

Does not the floods do more damage to fish habitat,and shoreline than all the anglers that frequent the Kenai? Do not all the homes built in the flood plane,and all the debris from those properties cause fish habitat degradation?

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Suss 08/16/13 - 06:58 am
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'69 and '95 Floods

Skilak Glacier jökulhlaup flood in January 1969 was a winter time release that caused major damage but the September 1995 typhoon related storms caused massive flooding and damage that became greatest single reason the Borough passed the 50 foot setback ordinance, but for this event I doubt the existing setback rule would have ever passed. After a flood the scouring of the gravel beds, sediment releases and changes in the flow to the channels cause damage to the impacted habitat, yet these purges create a new and somewhat improved river bottom over time for future fish rearing habitat.
http://aprfc.arh.noaa.gov/general/flood95.html

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