Flooding takes toll on roads, Alaska Railroad

Flood warning continues in effect for parts of the Kenai Peninsula.

Anchorage Daily News / adn.comSeptember 22, 2012 

Water levels in rivers and streams in the Susitna Valley continued to fall on Saturday, but the effects of the latest storm continued to be felt across Southcentral Alaska and beyond.

• The Alaska Railroad remained shut down north of Wasilla due to washouts and bridge damage along a 70-mile stretch of track between Willow and Gold Creek. The worst of it: a 500-foot washout that left a stretch of track suspended in midair. Passengers were being bused from Anchorage to Fairbanks on Saturday, and were scheduled to be bused from Fairbanks to Anchorage on Sunday. The railroad said it was watching for damage in the Healy and Nenana areas, where the Nenana River was flooding. The railroad said Saturday it hoped to continue repairs through Wednesday, depending on weather. More details from the railroad here.

• Many secondary roads remained closed in the Mat-Su Borough on Saturday, especially those near the Little Susitna River. Check the borough's website for maps.

• The Parks Highway was down to one lane between Mile 240 and Mile 241, near the entrance to Denali National Park, due to a washout, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation. On Saturday, crews were waiting for the water in the nearby Nenana River to drop before attempting repairs, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

• The Seward Highway at Mile 3.5, just north of Seward, continued to have water flowing over the pavement on Saturday, according to the city of Seward, but remained open with DOT flaggers controlling traffic. More rain was expected in the Seward area, several roads in the area remained closed, and the city was advising residents of the Questa Woods subdivision and surrounding areas to be prepared for evacuations. The flood warning remains in effect for the area until Monday.

• A flood warning was in effect until Monday morning for Kenai Lake and the Kenai River. The river at Cooper Landing was expected to reach minor flood stage of 15.5 feet on Saturday night and continue rising, finally cresting early Monday. Down river, the Kenai was expected to reach flood stage below Skilak Lake on Monday. The weather forecast for the area was continued showers and rain.

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