Minor flooding possible on Chester Creek as rain continues

Erik Hill

Forecasters are warning Anchorage residents to expect possible flooding along Chester Creek due to periodically heavy rains over the next 48 hours

The National Weather Service in Anchorage this morning released a special weather statement about potential flooding, warning that Chester Creek could top an adjacent bike path and temporarily overload some sewer drains. 

Chester Creek floods like this a couple times a year, according to Celine van Breukelen, a hydrologist with the NWS River Forecast Center. Like other urban streams in the Anchorage Bowl, the creek comes up fast “as soon as you get those intense bursts” of rain, van Breukelen said. 

The Kenai River at Kenai Keys was near flood stage this morning but the Kenai is expected to start dropping, according to the hydrologist. The flooding came from an unusual amount of water coming off the Skilak Glacier into Skilak Lake, which flows into the Kenai. Links:

National Weather Service statement on rising levels in Anchorage waterways

National Weather Service forecast for Anchorage

Weather Service statement on rising waters in Anchorage area