Flood advisories for Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula waterways

nherz@adn.comSeptember 11, 2013 

Heavy rainfall Tuesday night and Wednesday morning is expected to cause minor flooding in Anchorage and elsewhere in Southcentral Alaska, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service has issued flood advisories for small streams in Anchorage, and on the Kenai and Resurrection rivers, with pooling of water also expected in low-lying areas. Some minor wash-outs of roads have been reported.

The rain is expected to taper off in the middle of the day Wednesday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Peterson.

"It's starting to move out," he said.

But the Kenai River is not expected to crest until Thursday, the weather service said in a statement.

Campbell and Chester creeks in Anchorage were close to flooding Wednesday morning, Peterson said.

The Anchorage Police Department said a flooded culvert had closed a section of Brentwood Drive near 79th Court in the Sand Lake area.

As of Wednesday, Anchorage has seen 16 consecutive days with measurable precipitation, Peterson said -- two days shy of the record set in 1919. The current streak is the third-longest on record, according to Peterson.

With a chance of rain Thursday and Friday night, "there's a good chance we could break it," Peterson said.

And with 15.5 inches of precipitation this year through Monday, Anchorage is already nearing its annual average of 16.08 inches, Peterson said.


Reach Nathaniel Herz at nherz@adn.com or 257-4311.


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