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NWS Flood Advisory for western Kenai Peninsula south of Kenai

By The National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a small stream flood advisory for rain and melting snow for streams on the western Kenai peninsula south of Kenai until 3:45 pm AKST Tuesday.

Temperatures have risen into the upper 30s to lower 40s at many locations and will remain elevated throughout much of the upcoming week. As the recent very heavy snowfall around the area begins to melt, significant amounts of runoff will be entering streams and rivers. In addition, multiple rounds of rainfall are possible over the next several days. These two unseasonable factors combined will result in an elevated chance for areas of flooding over the coming days. Any flooding would likely be quite localized, with lower portions of the Anchor River the most susceptible to high water due to the ice jam from earlier in the winter that is now solidly frozen in place.

Instructions: To report flooding...have the nearest law enforcement agency relay your report to the national weather service forecast office. A flood advisory means river or stream flows are elevated or ponding of water in urban or other areas is occurring or is imminent. Do not attempt to travel across flooded roads. Find alternate routes. It takes only a few inches of swiftly flowing water to carry vehicles away.