Flood advisory issued for Kenai River

The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a flood advisory for a glacial lake outburst of the Skilak Glacier dam. The advisory will remain in effect until noon Saturday.

According to the National Weather Service, the Skilak Glacier dam lake is releasing at this time. Kenai River levels at the outlet of Skilak Lake have been rising over the last three days.

Based on estimates of Skilak Glacier dam lake volume and the likely glacier dam lake release rate, peak river levels at the Kenai Keys are expected to crest above minor flood state at 11.3 feet Friday evening. Minor flood stage is 11 feet and the river is at 10.7 feet as of Thursday morning.

The Kenai River is not expected reach flood stage at Soldotna and will be cresting Saturday morning.
Some uncertainty exists in the rate that the glacier dam lake will drain.

Residents along the river, particularly in the Kenai Keys and Big Eddy area, should be aware that Kenai River levels should rise during the next few days.

A flood advisory means river or stream flows are elevated or ponding of water in urban or other areas is occurring or is imminent.

— Staff report

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