Dam lake break to flood Kenai River

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2002

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Skilak Lake and the lower Kenai River due to the release of the Skilak glacial dammed lake. The Kenai River is expected to reach a minor flood stage at Kenai Keys by this morning and at Soldotna by Thursday evening.

Flood crests of 13 feet at Kenai Keys and 12.5 feet in Soldotna are expected to occur over the weekend. The minor flood stage level at Kenai Keys and Soldotna is 12 feet. Tuesday morning, the river level at Kenai Keys was 10.9 feet.

An overflight of the lake has confirmed it has released. Much of the lake already has drained into Skilak Lake, indicating the dammed lake probably released Saturday or earlier.

The National Weather Service is not expecting any significant rainfall Wednesday and Thursday but rainfall beginning Thursday night could cause river levels to remain above the flood stage into early next week.

The flood warning will remain in effect until 4 p.m. Monday. A flood warning means flooding is imminent or occurring. Residents in affected areas should take precautions to protect themselves and their property.

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