By Reba Lean
Channel 2 News
11:40 AM AKDT, September 23, 2012
Multiple flood warnings remain in effect as drainages around the state overflow their rivers. Some flood warnings are expected to end Sunday, while some rivers have not yet crested.
A flood warning for the western Prince William Sound, including Seward and Kenai Lake, is in effect until 4 p.m. Monday.
According to the National Weather Service, Seward reported about 3 to 5 inches of rainfall Saturday. Resurrection River at Exit Glacier Bridge was above its moderate flood stage. River levels were expected to begin receding Saturday evening. The Resurrection River was expected to drop below minor flood stage on Sunday.
Kenai River headwaters rose from heavy rainfalls on Saturday. The Kenai River at Cooper Landing continued to rise Saturday afternoon, and was expected to crest on Monday at a moderate flood stage. The weather service said the flood waters at Kenai Lake would linger into next week.
Primrose Road at the head of Kenai Lake was affected by the floodwaters of the lake, and it could be impassable as the lake continues to rise. Structures on the road could be affected as well.
A flood warning for the Susitna Valley will remain in effect until 10 p.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
The rivers and streams draining from the Talkeetna Mountains have peaked and most have fallen below the flood stage.
Late Saturday afternoon, the Willow Creek at the Parks Highway was still a half foot above the minor flood stage.
According to the weather service’s Saturday night data, the Yentna River in the western Susitna Valley was very high and above flood stage. Rain in the Alaska Range was expected to cause a small rise in the river overnight, and it wasn’t expected to “recede in earnest” until Monday.
The valley’s low-lying areas that were flooded are expected to take some time to drain completely.
The Matanuska Valley flood warning remains in effect until 4 p.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, but rivers in the area have all crested and have been dropping throughout the weekend.
The Little Susitna River in Houston crested Saturday morning, and water levels were expected to fall below flood stage overnight.
The weather service forecasted that bank erosion and minor flooding issues in the lower Matanuska River would be over with on Sunday.
A flood warning for the Nenana River from Carlo Creek to its mouth at the Tanana River is in effect until 10:15 p.m. Sunday.
The river crested Friday afternoon through Saturday evening, and its flooding has affected serveral Interior communities.
Roads in Nenana, near Healy and near the Denali National Park and Preserve have all been impacted by the flooding.
The cresting was a record high for the river, and the flooding is expected to be the worst it has ever seen, according to the National Weather Service.
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