Flood advisories for Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula waterways

Nathaniel Herz
Chester Creek rises to reach the Spenard Road bridge as rain puddles collect on the road surface as well Wednesday morning, September 11, 2013, north of West 19th Avenue downtown.
Erik Hill
Puddles greet motorists on C Street Wednesday morning, September 11, 2013, south of West 16th Avenue.
Erik Hill
A waterway rises to near bridge level in Spenard.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
The Resurrection River is out of its banks and flooding one of the runways at the Seward Airport, Wednesday, September 11, 2013.
Brandon Anderson
A vehicle is inundated as it turns off Benson Boulevard into the Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lot Wednesday morning, September 11, 2013, in Midtown.
Erik Hill

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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