Kenai River still high; no flooding apparent

Anchorage Daily NewsDecember 31, 2011 

SOLDOTNA -- Water levels remained high on the Lower Kenai River on Saturday but no flooding had been reported, according to the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Office of Emergency Management.

The river's quick rise Friday from an ice jam prompted a warning from the National Weather Service about possible flooding in the Soldotna area. A cold snap caused ice growth on the river and water above the jam went up as much as 4 feet, the weather service said.

The borough's director of emergency management, Eric Mohrmann, said on Saturday that water near the Sterling Highway bridge over the Kenai River, near Soldotna, remained high. But Mohrmann said emergency services had not received any reports of flooding.

Authorities will continue to closely monitor the river, Mohrmann said. The weather service said the zone of river freeze-up will likely continue to move upstream.

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