Wet weather prompts flood advisory for Anchorage

Casey Grove

A flood advisory for small streams in the Anchorage area is in effect until noon Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

In a special weather statement Monday, forecasters said continued rainfall into Wednesday will cause water to rise rapidly. Bike paths alongside Chester Creek and Campbell Creek will likely be flooded in some places, the Weather Service said. Other urban creeks and Rabbit Creek on the Hillside are also expected to swell, and sewer drains might become overloaded, the statement says.

Anchorage residents are advised not to drive into areas where water is covering the roadway. By Monday night, the Weather Service had not received reports of any widespread flooding, said forecaster Dave Stricklan.

After a record-setting warm and sunny summer, the wet weather this August has brought more rain to Anchorage than the normal average for the month. So far, the city has seen an official total of 3.72 inches of rain for the month, compared to an August average of 3.25 inches, Stricklan said.

"It was just a matter of time before we expected some rain," he said. "We've had at least a trace of rain every day with the exception of the 13th, 14th and 15th. So a pretty good stretch with a trace of rain."

And rain remains in the forecast for Anchorage for the foreseeable future, with at least a chance of rain until Monday, according to the Weather Service.

Rain is also on the horizon in the Matanuska and Susitna valleys, but river gauges in those areas had not indicated a risk of flooding, Stricklan said.

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