Glacial dam release prompts flood watch in Juneau

Associated PressJuly 5, 2012 

JUNEAU -- A glacial dam release is causing Mendenhall Lake and Mendenhall River to rise.

KINY radio in Juneau says the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Mendenhall Lake and Mendenhall River. The watch, which means conditions are favorable for flooding, will remain in effect through Friday afternoon.

The rising water is due to a glacial dam release in the vicinity of Suicide Basin. The Civil Air Patrol confirmed the filling of the Suicide Basin glacier dam in a flight about a couple weeks ago.

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