Cold creates ice jams on Kenai River

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Subzero temperatures are freezing the Kenai River, prompting concern about damage to bankside docks, stairways and landings from the grinding ice chunks, according to the National Weather Service.

The service issued a statement Thursday noting that Arctic air forecast forthe next week should hasten the formation of slushy ice, which flows downstream and forms jams.

The leading edge of the jam is near theSterling Highway bridge in Soldotna, so any problems are likely to occur upstream from there, said Larry Rundquist, a hydrologist with the River Forecast Center.

The weather service says flooding could occur, but the biggest threat is from ice rubbing against docks and stairways, Rundquist said.

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