Residents in low-lying areas should stay alert

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2001

If you live in low-lying areas of the Kenai River watershed, you need to be alert to the dangers of flooding over the next few days.

Unlike some of the other disasters to which the Kenai Peninsula is prone, flooding gives some advance warning. Theres a gradual rise in water; it doesnt happen all of a sudden.

Residents in the danger spots can take some precautions as water rises. Those precautions wont stop the water, but they can help minimize the damage. Among the steps homeowners can take is to bring outdoor belongings inside so they cannot be washed away or become a hazard to others.

As of Thursday, a flood warning was in effect for the Kenai Keys, Kenai Lake, Cooper Landing, particularly the Primrose Campground, and the Trail River near Moose Pass. Rain earlier in the week prompted the warning; the Snow Glacier Dammed Lake had not released as of this writing.

Those who live in flood-prone areas know theres a risk involved, but being alert that there may be a problem is half the battle in minimizing flood damage. As the long holiday weekend begins, people are encouraged to pay attention to rising water and avoid flood areas.

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