Snowmelt flooding is affecting the upper Kenai River basin. The National Weather Service issued a statement Wednesday afternoon warning of high water in the Cooper Landing and Kenai Lake area.
At the upper end of the lake, Primrose Road is flooded and the U.S. Forest Service campground there is closed.
At the lower lake, Quartz Creek is over its banks, flooding low spots in the Quartz Creek Campground.
The Russian River ferry has been halted due to high water downstream of Cooper Landing.
The Kenai River has reached flood stage where it exits from Kenai Lake.
Recreational users of rivers and streams should be aware of high water, use caution near rivers and avoid driving through flooded roads.
The high water is due to snowmelt in the high country. The eastern peninsula had up to twice as much snowfall as normal last winter and, at high elevations, plenty of snow remains.
Water levels are forecasted to continue rising at least through the end of the week.
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