The Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management, along with the National Weather Service, issued a flood advisory for the lower Cook Inlet rivers Wednesday morning, warning that Anchor River, Starisky Creek, Deep Creek and Ninilchik River are all overflowing their banks or close to it. The advisory continues.
Rainfalls measured .95 inches at Ninilchik; 1.83 at Anchor River, .90 at Anchor River Divide, .77 at Soldotna and .22 in Homer.
By Thursday, continued rains through the night increased stream levels, and the Office of Emergency Management issued an additional advisory as present rainfall continues to raise water levels in area lakes, rivers and creeks.
“Residents should avoid flooded areas or roads. The borough is currently accessing roads and bridges within the road service area. Borough personnel may close or divert traffic as necessary for safety precautions,” a press release announced. “The borough is coordinating with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the Public Health to seek assistance with water quality testing. Homeowners that are concerned with well water or septic tanks being damaged due to area flooding may contact the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Kenai office at 262-3408 for more information.”
Visit the borough’s website for current information on water and septic safety during and after a flood event: http://www.borough.kenai.ak.us/emergency.
The borough sent out an advisory on Wednesday after looking at the weather ahead this later part of the week. “Expect rapid water level increases on rivers and streams draining into Cook Inlet between Homer and Soldotna this afternoon,” the advisory stated. Levels will approach or exceed their banks during the afternoon and evening.
Secure Your Home Heating Fuel Tanks During Floods
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is issuing the following advisory for Kenai Peninsula property owners near flooding streams and rivers.
Secure small fuel containers, fuel tanks and barrels used to store fuel so they do not float or blow away. Above ground tanks, including propane tanks may shift or fall causing fuel lines to kink, weaken or break, and fittings to loosen or become damaged. If you have a buried fuel tank, block vent and fill pipes to prevent water from seeping into the tank and contaminating the fuel.
If you have any questions on the integrity of your tank, fuel lines, tank stand, the fuel itself, or need help moving or returning the tank to service, please contact your fuel supplier.
If the flooding has caused a fuel, oil, or other hazardous substance spill, report the release to DEC at (907) 269-3063, or outside normal business hours, call 1-800-478-9300.
For more information on flooding and flood cleanup in Alaska, visit: http://www.flood.alaska.gov/.
The National Weather Service issued this forecast for the western Kenai Peninsula, including Kenai, Soldotna, Homer and Cooper Landing:
FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM AKDT SUNDAY FOR THE
KENAI RIVER FROM KENAI LAKE TO THE MOUTH OF THE KENAI…
TODAY…RAIN. HIGHS IN THE 50S. VARIABLE WIND TO 10 MPH BECOMING NORTHEAST 10 TO 15 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT…RAIN IN THE EVENING…THEN SCATTERED SHOWERS AFTER
MIDNIGHT. LOWS IN THE 40S. NORTHEAST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH…BECOMING SOUTH AFTER MIDNIGHT. WINDS STRONGEST ALONG THE INLET AND KACHEMAK BAY. FRIDAY…PARTLY SUNNY WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS. HIGHS IN THE 50S. VARIABLE WIND 10 MPH BECOMING NORTHEAST 10 TO 20 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. WINDS STRONGEST ALONG THE INLET AND KACHEMAK BAY.
FRIDAY NIGHT…RAIN LIKELY IN THE EVENING…THEN A CHANCE OF RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOWS IN THE MID 40S TO LOWER 50S. NORTHEAST WIND 10
TO 25 MPH…STRONGEST ALONG THE INLET AND KACHEMAK BAY.
.SATURDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS. HIGHS IN THE 50S. NORTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. SATURDAY NIGHT…RAIN LIKELY. LOWS IN THE 40S. SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY…RAIN LIKELY. HIGHS IN THE 50S. LOWS IN THE 40S.
MONDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS. LOWS 35 TO 45. TUESDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF RAIN. HIGHS 45 TO 55. .TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS. LOWS 35 TO 45. HIGHS 45 TO 55.
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