Rain leads to warning of floods

Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2001

Wednesday the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Kenai River in the areas of Kenai Lake, Cooper Landing and Kenai Keys.

Heavy rain in the upper portion of the Kenai River basin Monday and Tuesday caused a major rise in water levels on the river and its tributaries, according to the bulletin.

Unless more heavy rainfall occurs, no more than minor flooding is expected.

The gauge on the Trail River at Lawing rose 3.4 feet in the 30 hours ending at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the Snow River rose 4 feet before cresting Tuesday afternoon. Additional precipitation of up to 1.5 inches is expected and will prolong the crest.

Water levels at Cooper Landing will probably crest sometime late Friday afternoon, with a stage slightly below 14 feet. Flood stage is 13 feet. Primrose Campground is the main area affected by stages below 14 feet.

The Snow Glacier Dammed Lake had not released as of Wednesday afternoon.

Minor flooding is also possible at Kenai Keys. Stages are expected to crest late Friday downstream of Kenai Keys at about 13 feet on the U.S. Geological Survey gauge and at about 12 feet at Kenai Keys.

The heaviest rains over the Kenai Peninsula have ended, with lighter rains forecast for today and Friday. Smaller streams should begin falling, with the Kenai River falling over the weekend.

The next flood bulletin is due to be released today at 10 a.m. or earlier if conditions warrant.

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