The National Weather Service’s latest flooding update shows that roughly an inch of precipitation fell this morning, on top of two to three inches over the past 36 hours.
The downpour should result in the Kenai River reaching bankful or minor flood stages on Thursday and Friday. The NWS says river crests will be broad and sustained. Low lying areas close to the river are expected to experience minor flooding.
At Cooper Landing, the Kenai is hovering around 11.9 ft and is expected to crest at 12.4 ft Thursday afternoon.
The Kenai River below Skilak Lake is at 12.5 ft, expected to crest at 13.0 ft Thursday night.
In the Kenai Keys, the river is around 10.5 ft and is expected to crest at 11.2 ft Thursday night, which is minor flood level. At 10.8 ft, water will be over Dolly Way Rd. If the river reaches 12 ft, water will flow into the Kenai Keys subdivision.
In Soldotna, the river is not expected to reach bankful.
The NWS is asking resident to stay out of all flowing water.