Flood Advisory: Kenai River

The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for the Kenai River, particularly around Kenai, Soldotna and Sterling.

 

The advisory was triggered by increased glacial melt and is in effect until 5pm Tuesday.

 

The NWS says the Kenai River downstream of Skilak Lake has risen steadily over the past five days. The rate of rise appears greater than would be expected from the recent rain in the basin. They say it is likely that Skilak Glacier Dam Lake is releasing.

 

If this is the case, levels along the Kenai River will rise above flood stage at the Kenai Keys on Sunday, cresting by Tuesday.

 

The only way to confirm that the glacier dam lake is releasing is from aerial reconnaissance, which has been impossible with recent weather conditions.

 

Residents downriver from Skilak Lake should take precaution and either tie down or move loose objects like barbecues, gas tanks, etc to higher ground.

 

Report any minor flooding to your law enforcement agency. They will relay the information to the NWS office in Anchorage.

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