Flood advisory issued

Posted: Sunday, July 26, 2009

The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a flood advisory for areas along the Kenai River below Skilak Lake. The advisory will remain in effect until Friday evening.

According to the National Weather Service, the Skilak glacial dam appears to be releasing. Combined with high water from rainfall, water levels on the Kenai River are expected to rise to near or above minor flood levels from Skilak Lake downstream to near Kenai.

Anticipated high water levels are 14.5 feet at the gage below Skilak Lake by early Wednesday morning; about 12 feet in Kenai Keys Wednesday morning; and 12 feet in Soldotna later Wednesday morning.

Residents along the river, particularly in the Kenai Keys and Big Eddy areas, are advised to prepare for flooding to protect life and property.

Rain is expected to cause ponding of water in low-lying areas, near culverts and along small creeks and drainages.

A flood watch remains in effect for other ares of the peninsula, where snow and glacial melt, combined with rain, may cause minor flooding.

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