25 September 2012

This, from AK State Parks

Closure of Kenai River Special Management Area to all boating traffic
(Soldotna, AK) – The Kenai River Special Management Area is temporarily closed to all boating traffic, effective Monday, September 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm.

Recent heavy rainfall has created flooding conditions within the Kenai River watershed.

“Alaska State Parks has been monitoring water conditions along the Kenai River”, said State Parks Director Ben Ellis. “Based on current high water levels and forecast hydrology levels, this closure is necessary to protect public safety by prohibiting any boating on the Kenai River. In addition, it will protect property and habitat that may be damaged by boat wakes”, said Ellis.

This closure does not include the waters of Skilak and Kenai Lakes. The closure will remain in effect until the Director has determined flood levels have receded to a point where the risk to public safety, property, and habitat has diminished to an acceptable level.

Local News Here:  http://www.ktuu.com/news/ktuu-kenai-borough-braces-for-flood-crest-on-tuesday-20120924,0,7241098.story

21 September 2012

Official Flood Stages

With 2 "uncommonly severe" storms in the past week dumping inches upon inches of water on the Kenai Peninsula our days of low and clear flows are over.  We're approaching 2 feet over National Weather Service at the head of Kenai River, and the flow has exploded.  See below.

3,100 cfs - 14,300 cfs

A few big kings survive

A few gifts despite hight water 
My kind of dolly

With another system moving up from the south, Seward will get more rain and we will get more water.