KENAI, Alaska — Residents are being advised that Kenai River water levels are rising into next week because of the release of water from a nearby dam.
A release last week from the Skilak Glacier Dammed Lake is pushing the water level higher, the Peninsula Clarion reported (http://bit.ly/2dC5oIj ).
“Now is the time to plan for high water and take necessary precautions, including securing equipment and moving items to higher ground,” the alert says.
An alert was issued to inform people in the area after the water began to rise, National Weather Service Anchorage hydrologist Crane Johnson said. “We noticed it right around . Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning,” Johnson said.
Online weather service hydrographs show water is projected to reach 9.6 feet on the Kenai River at Soldotna by Sunday. The graphs say the area’s flood status is at 12 feet.
The dam releases water every two or three years, Johnson said.
Projections are based on data from previous releases.
Alerts will be updated depending on whether water levels exceed or fall below expectations, Johnson said. People may start to see the high water recede by mid-week, he said.
Those living in the area, Johnson said, should be prepared and “monitor river conditions for any changes.”
Information from: (Kenai, Alaska) Peninsula Clarion, http://www.peninsulaclarion.com