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Kenai River ice jam loosens after minor road flooding

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Large chunks of ice flowing down the Kenai River jammed Wednesday creating a temporary impasse and alerting Kenai Peninsula Borough emergency management officials.

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Water backed up rapidly and flowed across Big Eddy Road in two locations reaching a depth of about 18 inches in one location. Ice levels were at or above the banks of the river in Poacher’s Cove and the Big Eddy area, according to a news release from the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management.

The National Weather Service recorded a spike in water height of 8.37 feet at the Soldotna gauge.

No damage was reported from the incident. However, residents in the area were put on alert before the water found a channel and levels rapidly dropped. As of 8 a.m. Thursday, water levels had dropped two feet from yesterday’s high mark and the ice had returned to below bank levels, according to the release.

The National Weather Service does not predict high water in the near future, but officials are warning residents to remain alert for potential rapid changes in water and ice levels near the river.

—Staff Report

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