As Alaskans prepare for another winter, memories of last year?s ice floods and the damage to private and public property remain fresh. According to Janet Yaeger, education coordinator for the Kenai Watershed Forum at the Kenai River Center, it could happen again. ?Just because last year was an unusual event, it doesn?t mean that it can?t happen again. Last year?s event was caused by the Skilak Glacier Dam Lake that released, but we also have the Snow River Glacier Dam Lake that is presently pretty full and the word we are hearing is that it could release this fall, so we need to be prepared for it,? said Yaeger.
Hydrologists predicted the Snow Glacier-dammed lake wouldn't release until next year, but rising waters along the Snow River may indicate otherwise. Rain and snow in the area has dissipated, but the river continues to rise leading scientists to believe the lake released some time last week.
...emergency management folks at the borough know about it," said Scott Lindsey, a hydrologist for the Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center. "If water gets over bank and into roads that can get dangerous." Minor flooding as a result of ice...
The risk of flooding along the Big Eddy area of the Kenai River has subsided thanks to stable temperatures keeping the formation of ice jams at bay. The National Weather Service lifted a small stream flood advisory for the area last week and hydrologists say if temperatures stay above 10 degrees or the river freezes over, Big Eddy residents can expect flooding to be minimal.
As the temperatures are starting to tickle the 20-degree mark, it means two things: it won't be long before the snow flies, and it's once again time for the Winter Speaker Series, sponsored by the Kenai River Center and the Kenai Watershed Forum.
...ice that plugged it up, the jam took out boat docks and fishing ramps downstream. Hydrologists at the Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center are expecting the lake behind Snow Glacier to follow suit sometime soon but are doubting a flood event...
There isn't any ice on the Kenai River yet, but riverfront property owners should already have removed their floating docks, as well stairways and walkways that extend into or over the water.
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