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By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Flooding concerns rise as rain continues

 

September 28, 2017 | View PDF



Rain, or to be more precise the amount of it, has certainly gotten the attention of residents and local officials over the past few days. Heavy rainfall totals in September have created flooding concerns in parts of Seward and the eastern Kenai Peninsula.

Through Monday, state officials were monitoring flood conditions near Kenai Lake, north of Moose Pass. According to reports from the National Weather Service, heavy rainfall had caused the Snow River and Kenai Lake to rise to dangerous levels. Reports indicated that the water levels had crested on Sunday and would begin to fall in coming days. Officials warned, however, that levels in the Kenai River near Cooper Landing would still be at “minor flood stage.”

Officials said low-lying areas adjacent to Kenai Lake and the Kenai River could continue to experience minor flooding as more rain is in the forecast. Locations that could experience flooding include Primrose Campground as well as Kenai Lake and the Upper Kenai River between Cooper Landing and Skilak Lake.

Locally, Seward officials have dealt with flood concerns. Seward Electric Utility Manager John Foutz said city officials have been monitoring transmission lines near the Snow River, at approximately Mile 18, that underwent extensive repairs a year ago.

“They look like they’re doing OK right now,” Foutz said. “We’ll know more when the water goes down enough so we can get in and inspect.”

Earlier this month, city officials were forced to close Dieckgraeff Road briefly because of flooding.

Traditionally, September is the wettest month of the year for Seward. According to the National Weather Service, the community averages 10.35 inches of precipitation in September. The annual average rainfall is 71.82 inches.

 

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