Flood warnings still active for Kenai River, western Sound

Casey Grove
Location: Wasilla, AK, 9/21/2012 Flooding in the Three Bears parking lot on Knik Goose Bay
Photo courtesy of Alyssa Gray / ADN reader submission
Location: Soldotna, 09/23/2012 Everybody is gettin prepared, we've all seen floods down here before on Riverside Lane.
Photo courtesy of John Reece / ADN reader submission
Location: Soldotna, 09/23/2012 Won't be long now, the water will cover the entire walkway and front deck on the Kenai River.
Photo courtesy of John Reece / ADN reader submission
Location: Soldotna, 09/23/2012 The walkways and floating docks are already surrounded by water, it'll come up another 2 feet. Now we can fish in the back yard!
Photo courtesy of John Reece / ADN reader submission
Location: Soldotna, 09/25/12 Gas Line Trail
Photo courtesy of EC / ADN reader submission
Location: Soldotna, 09/25/12 Gas line Trail
Photo courtesy of EC / ADN reader submission
Location: Jims Landing , 09/22/12 only ones on the river Mike L., Scmitty, Barry W. Round 2
Photo courtesy of Michael Lujan / ADN reader submission
Location: Jims Land cooper landing , 09/22/2012 Round One Mike L. Schmitty, Barry W.
Photo courtesy of Michael Lujan / ADN reader submission
Location: Over Alexander Creek, 09/24/12 All the water that's been flooding the Yentna, the Skwentna, the Talkeetna, Willow Creek, Montana Creek and all the other valley rivers winds up in the lower Susitna, with Alexander Creek right in its path. It's a small community that has been hit hard, but hasn't received much coverage. This photo was taken on Monday, September 24 at 5pm.
Photo courtesy of Bob Thompson / ADN reader submission
Location: Butte, Alaska, 09/23/12 This sunflower still stands next to the house which also stands after flood waters entered it. You can see the high water mark just above the sunflower.
Photo courtesy of Charlie Earnshaw / ADN reader submission
Location: Kenai River @ Cooper Landing, 09/22/12 The Miller family road trip. Dad took this picture of Matt and I in Cooper Landing. Sad to see our happy place flooding. About 1/3 of the parking lot at the Kenai River in Cooper Landing was under water as of Saturday at 2pm.
Photo courtesy of George Miller / ADN reader submission
Location: Alexander Creek, 09/21/2012 This is the the old Black Fox lodge down at the mouth of Alexander Creek.
Photo courtesy of Nancy Conklin / ADN reader submission
Location: Alexander Creek airstrip, 09/21/2012 Gravel airstrip that is 1/4 mile from Alexander Creek.
Photo courtesy of Mike Mason / ADN reader submission
Location: Cooper's Landing, 09/23/12
Photo courtesy of George Miller / ADN reader submission
Location: Alexander Creek, 09/21/2012 Flooding on ALexander Creek, Total of 8 house in water and the airstrip is flooded.
Photo courtesy of Nancy Conklin / ADN reader submission
Location: Cooper's Landing, 09/23/12
Photo courtesy of George Miller / ADN reader submission
Location: Alexander Creek, 09/21/2012 Flooding on ALexander Creek, Total of 8 house's in water and the airstrip is flooded.
Photo courtesy of Nancy Conklin / ADN reader submission
Location: Cooper Landing, 9/23/12 Jims Landing was closed due to major flooding that covered boat launch and parking area.
Photo courtesy of Glenn Flothe / ADN reader submission
Location: Cooper Landing, 9/23/12 Quartz Creek bridge accessing Quartz Creek homesites and Crescent Creek campground is within a couple of feet of flooding over.
Photo courtesy of Glenn Flothe / ADN reader submission
Location: Soldotna, 09/23/2012 Our driveway was flooded in less than 25 minutes, the water rose faster than we've ever seen on previous floods.
Photo courtesy of John Reece / ADN reader submission
Location: Soldotna, 09/23/2012 Everyone is trying to beat the rising flood and get their trailers out before the water gets to deep.
Photo courtesy of John Reece / ADN reader submission
Location: Soldotna, 09/23/2012 Trying to find the road under the water is a real trick and not drive into the ditch.
Photo courtesy of John Reece / ADN reader submission
Location: Arctic Roadrunner, 9/21/12
Photo courtesy of Tim Melican / ADN reader submission
Location: Talkeetna, 09/22/2012 E Main St Talkeetna
Photo courtesy of Barry Neil / ADN reader submission
Location: Talkeetna, 09/22/2012 Around the suburbs of Talkeetna
Photo courtesy of Barry Neil / ADN reader submission
Location: Talkeetna, 09/22/2012
Photo courtesy of Barry Neil / ADN reader submission
Location: Just along from K2 Avaition, 09/22/2012
Photo courtesy of Barry Neil / ADN reader submission
Location: Seward, Alaska, 09/23/12 The bridge across the street from the Windsong Lodge down Exit Glacier Road.
Photo courtesy of Bambi Ambacher / ADN reader submission
Location: Wasilla, 09/23/12 My brother & sister-in-laws home in ruins as a result of the flash flood off of Lucille St. & Seldon Rd. in Wasilla on Thursday.
Photo courtesy of Chris Daw / ADN reader submission
Location: Talkeetna, 09/21/12
Photo courtesy of Self / ADN reader submission
Location: Seward Hwy. near the Exit Glacier Road, 9/21/12 Bonnie Moore and Eric Somerville carry groceries and their baby down the long, flooded driveway to get to the house off the Seward Highway near the road to Exit Glacier, 9/21/12.
Photo courtesy of gail Somerville / ADN reader submission
Location: Jims Landing KENAI RIVER, 09/22/12
Photo courtesy of john anthony / ADN reader submission
Location: Cooper Landing Boat Launch, 09/22/12
Photo courtesy of john anthony / ADN reader submission
Location: Deshka Landing, 09/21/12
Photo courtesy of Tony E / ADN reader submission
Location: Deshka Landing, 09/21/12
Photo courtesy of Tony E / ADN reader submission
Location: Talkeetna, 09/22/12 Around Talkeetna yesterday
Photo courtesy of Barry Neil / ADN reader submission
Location: Nenana river, near Denali Natl' Park, 09/21/12 Nenana river flooding.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Ferragi / ADN reader submission
Location: Talkeetna, Swiss Alaska Inn, 09-21-2012 Pictures are taken the morning after the water receded from East Talkeetna. Here you can fish off your front porch
Photo courtesy of Renamary Rauchenstein / ADN reader submission
Location: Talkeetna, Swiss Alaska Inn, 09-21-2012 Pictures of our home in East Talkeetna
Photo courtesy of Renamary Rauchenstein / ADN reader submission
Location: Cooper Landing, 9/22/12 Flooded boat lauch and parking area at Kenai River Bridge outlet from Kenai Lake. Parking limited to 5 minutes.
Photo courtesy of Glenn Flothe / ADN reader submission
Location: around the Willow area, 9/21/12 Willow River at the Parks Highway - the Pioneer Bar & Restaurant used to be on this site, before it burned down a couple of years ago.
Photo courtesy of cammie walker / ADN reader submission
Location: around the Willow area, 9/21/12 Willow Island Resort, on (or rather in) the Willow River at the Parks Highway.
Photo courtesy of cammie walker / ADN reader submission
Location: around the Willow area, 9/21/12 The Willow River taken at the Shirleytown Bridge off of Hatcher's Pass Road, within a couple of hours of the bridge failing.
Photo courtesy of cammie walker / ADN reader submission
Location: Talkeetna, 9-21-2012
Photo courtesy of Teira Bush-Shaw / ADN reader submission
Location: montana creek, 9/21.2012 Montana Creek Campground Flooded
Photo courtesy of adn / ADN reader submission
Location: Yentna River, 09/21/12
Photo courtesy of Theresa Dutchuk / ADN reader submission
Location: Yentna River, 09/21/12
Photo courtesy of Theresa Dutchuk / ADN reader submission
Location: Valdez, AK, 09/20/12 Bike path at 3 mile Richardson Highway, Valdez
Photo courtesy of Shannon Irish / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchor River, 9/21/12
Photo courtesy of Amy Mitchell / ADN reader submission
Location: Glenn Highway mile 64, 9-21-12 Building in Matanuska River
Photo courtesy of Yvonne Antill / ADN reader submission
Location: Montana Creek Campground, 9/20/12 Montana Creek Campground is totally flooded & the rain is still coming down pretty good. :(
Photo courtesy of Donna Lestenkof / ADN reader submission
Location: Trunk Road, Wasilla, 09/21/12 A vehicle drives through a flooded section of Wasilla creek on Trunk Road after heavy rainfall.
Photo courtesy of Juli Hermanns / ADN reader submission
Location: Wasilla, AK, 9/21/2012 Flooding in the Three Bears parking lot on Knik Goose Bay
Photo courtesy of Alyssa Gray / ADN reader submission
Location: Soldotna, 09/23/2012 Everybody is gettin prepared, we've all seen floods down here before on Riverside Lane.
Photo courtesy of John Reece / ADN reader submission
Location: Soldotna, 09/23/2012 Won't be long now, the water will cover the entire walkway and front deck on the Kenai River.
Photo courtesy of John Reece / ADN reader submission
Location: Soldotna, 09/23/2012 The walkways and floating docks are already surrounded by water, it'll come up another 2 feet. Now we can fish in the back yard!
Photo courtesy of John Reece / ADN reader submission
Location: Soldotna, 09/25/12 Gas Line Trail
Photo courtesy of EC / ADN reader submission
Location: Soldotna, 09/25/12 Gas line Trail
Photo courtesy of EC / ADN reader submission
Location: Jims Landing , 09/22/12 only ones on the river Mike L., Scmitty, Barry W. Round 2
Photo courtesy of Michael Lujan / ADN reader submission
Location: Jims Land cooper landing , 09/22/2012 Round One Mike L. Schmitty, Barry W.
Photo courtesy of Michael Lujan / ADN reader submission
Location: Over Alexander Creek, 09/24/12 All the water that's been flooding the Yentna, the Skwentna, the Talkeetna, Willow Creek, Montana Creek and all the other valley rivers winds up in the lower Susitna, with Alexander Creek right in its path. It's a small community that has been hit hard, but hasn't received much coverage. This photo was taken on Monday, September 24 at 5pm.
Photo courtesy of Bob Thompson / ADN reader submission
Location: Butte, Alaska, 09/23/12 This sunflower still stands next to the house which also stands after flood waters entered it. You can see the high water mark just above the sunflower.
Photo courtesy of Charlie Earnshaw / ADN reader submission
Location: Kenai River @ Cooper Landing, 09/22/12 The Miller family road trip. Dad took this picture of Matt and I in Cooper Landing. Sad to see our happy place flooding. About 1/3 of the parking lot at the Kenai River in Cooper Landing was under water as of Saturday at 2pm.
Photo courtesy of George Miller / ADN reader submission
Location: Alexander Creek, 09/21/2012 This is the the old Black Fox lodge down at the mouth of Alexander Creek.
Photo courtesy of Nancy Conklin / ADN reader submission
Location: Alexander Creek airstrip, 09/21/2012 Gravel airstrip that is 1/4 mile from Alexander Creek.
Photo courtesy of Mike Mason / ADN reader submission
Location: Cooper's Landing, 09/23/12
Photo courtesy of George Miller / ADN reader submission
Location: Alexander Creek, 09/21/2012 Flooding on ALexander Creek, Total of 8 house in water and the airstrip is flooded.
Photo courtesy of Nancy Conklin / ADN reader submission
Location: Cooper's Landing, 09/23/12
Photo courtesy of George Miller / ADN reader submission
Location: Alexander Creek, 09/21/2012 Flooding on ALexander Creek, Total of 8 house's in water and the airstrip is flooded.
Photo courtesy of Nancy Conklin / ADN reader submission
Location: Cooper Landing, 9/23/12 Jims Landing was closed due to major flooding that covered boat launch and parking area.
Photo courtesy of Glenn Flothe / ADN reader submission
Location: Cooper Landing, 9/23/12 Quartz Creek bridge accessing Quartz Creek homesites and Crescent Creek campground is within a couple of feet of flooding over.
Photo courtesy of Glenn Flothe / ADN reader submission
Location: Soldotna, 09/23/2012 Our driveway was flooded in less than 25 minutes, the water rose faster than we've ever seen on previous floods.
Photo courtesy of John Reece / ADN reader submission
Location: Soldotna, 09/23/2012 Everyone is trying to beat the rising flood and get their trailers out before the water gets to deep.
Photo courtesy of John Reece / ADN reader submission
Location: Soldotna, 09/23/2012 Trying to find the road under the water is a real trick and not drive into the ditch.
Photo courtesy of John Reece / ADN reader submission
Location: Arctic Roadrunner, 9/21/12
Photo courtesy of Tim Melican / ADN reader submission
Location: Talkeetna, 09/22/2012 E Main St Talkeetna
Photo courtesy of Barry Neil / ADN reader submission
Location: Talkeetna, 09/22/2012 Around the suburbs of Talkeetna
Photo courtesy of Barry Neil / ADN reader submission
Location: Talkeetna, 09/22/2012
Photo courtesy of Barry Neil / ADN reader submission
Location: Just along from K2 Avaition, 09/22/2012
Photo courtesy of Barry Neil / ADN reader submission
Location: Seward, Alaska, 09/23/12 The bridge across the street from the Windsong Lodge down Exit Glacier Road.
Photo courtesy of Bambi Ambacher / ADN reader submission
Location: Wasilla, 09/23/12 My brother & sister-in-laws home in ruins as a result of the flash flood off of Lucille St. & Seldon Rd. in Wasilla on Thursday.
Photo courtesy of Chris Daw / ADN reader submission
Location: Talkeetna, 09/21/12
Photo courtesy of Self / ADN reader submission
Location: Seward Hwy. near the Exit Glacier Road, 9/21/12 Bonnie Moore and Eric Somerville carry groceries and their baby down the long, flooded driveway to get to the house off the Seward Highway near the road to Exit Glacier, 9/21/12.
Photo courtesy of gail Somerville / ADN reader submission
Location: Jims Landing KENAI RIVER, 09/22/12
Photo courtesy of john anthony / ADN reader submission
Location: Cooper Landing Boat Launch, 09/22/12
Photo courtesy of john anthony / ADN reader submission
Location: Deshka Landing, 09/21/12
Photo courtesy of Tony E / ADN reader submission
Location: Deshka Landing, 09/21/12
Photo courtesy of Tony E / ADN reader submission
Location: Talkeetna, 09/22/12 Around Talkeetna yesterday
Photo courtesy of Barry Neil / ADN reader submission
Location: Nenana river, near Denali Natl' Park, 09/21/12 Nenana river flooding.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Ferragi / ADN reader submission
Location: Talkeetna, Swiss Alaska Inn, 09-21-2012 Pictures are taken the morning after the water receded from East Talkeetna. Here you can fish off your front porch
Photo courtesy of Renamary Rauchenstein / ADN reader submission
Location: Talkeetna, Swiss Alaska Inn, 09-21-2012 Pictures of our home in East Talkeetna
Photo courtesy of Renamary Rauchenstein / ADN reader submission
Location: Cooper Landing, 9/22/12 Flooded boat lauch and parking area at Kenai River Bridge outlet from Kenai Lake. Parking limited to 5 minutes.
Photo courtesy of Glenn Flothe / ADN reader submission
Location: around the Willow area, 9/21/12 Willow River at the Parks Highway - the Pioneer Bar & Restaurant used to be on this site, before it burned down a couple of years ago.
Photo courtesy of cammie walker / ADN reader submission
Location: around the Willow area, 9/21/12 Willow Island Resort, on (or rather in) the Willow River at the Parks Highway.
Photo courtesy of cammie walker / ADN reader submission
Location: around the Willow area, 9/21/12 The Willow River taken at the Shirleytown Bridge off of Hatcher's Pass Road, within a couple of hours of the bridge failing.
Photo courtesy of cammie walker / ADN reader submission
Location: Talkeetna, 9-21-2012
Photo courtesy of Teira Bush-Shaw / ADN reader submission
Location: montana creek, 9/21.2012 Montana Creek Campground Flooded
Photo courtesy of adn / ADN reader submission
Location: Yentna River, 09/21/12
Photo courtesy of Theresa Dutchuk / ADN reader submission
Location: Yentna River, 09/21/12
Photo courtesy of Theresa Dutchuk / ADN reader submission
Location: Valdez, AK, 09/20/12 Bike path at 3 mile Richardson Highway, Valdez
Photo courtesy of Shannon Irish / ADN reader submission

As flood-stricken residents of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough continued to clean up Tuesday, those living farther south on the Kenai Peninsula dealt with high water of their own.

The Upper Kenai River crested Monday, registering 16 feet on a river gauge at Cooper Landing. Farther down the river, the water level was rising early Tuesday but expected to start dropping later in the day, forecasters said. With more rain expected in Seward, water could continue to rise there, according to the National Weather Service.

A flood warning remains in effect until 5 p.m. Thursday for the Kenai River and western Prince William Sound. Weather service forecaster Dave Stricklan described the flooding in the Kenai River area as moderate, just above flood stage.

"Everything should be on the way down by now," Stricklan said Tuesday afternoon. "It's pretty settled down ... We do have some more rain coming, but it doesn't look like it's going to do any increase to the water levels."

With state and local emergency officials still in response mode, it's difficult to guess how many Kenai Peninsula homes or businesses have seen flooding, said Brenda Ahlberg, a spokeswoman for the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The first priority was to make sure residents were safe and that roads stayed open to traffic before an "assessment phase" could begin, Ahlberg said.

"You're talking about one end of the peninsula to the other," Ahlberg said. "The estimate, and I think it's a conservative estimate, is 14,000 people have been affected either directly or indirectly by the flooding. And that's homeowners and those who are affected by the inability to use roads and bridges."

Voluntary evacuations had gone smoothly with little help from emergency responders, Ahlberg said.

"We've had no calls on this side (of the peninsula) for evacuations," she said. "People have been self-evacuating with friends and neighbors. I think that's just the spirit of being Alaskans."

For now, the borough is warning residents with wells to treat or boil water before drinking it, due to possible contamination. Ahlberg said anyone with waterfront property should try to secure outdoor items, like the trash cans and propane tanks seen floating down the Kenai, because "it benefits us all to keep the river clean," she said.

Anyone with flood damage should take pictures of any affected material before throwing it out and keep receipts of any expenses from repairing or cleaning up property, Ahlberg said.

That goes for Mat-Su Borough residents, too, said Jeremy Zidek, spokesman for the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Alaskans affected by the recent flooding might be eligible for state or federal disaster assistance, he said.

"We're working on which programs will be activated," Zidek said.

Meanwhile, cleanup continues in Willow and Talkeetna. Homeowners with flooded floors or walls are advised to remove the damaged material to prevent sickness from contamination or mold, Zidek said.

"The stuff can really create some health problems," he said. "If it got wet by the flood waters, people need to document it and discard it."

Reach Casey Grove at casey.grove@adn.com or 257-4589.

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By CASEY GROVE
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