Glacial lake outburst prompts Juneau flood warning

Jul 10, 2014 -- 11:00am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The National Weather Service is warning of fast-rising water levels on Mendenhall Lake and Mendenhall River that could leave some areas under several feet of water. A flood warning has been issued through Saturday night due to the release of a glacially dammed lake. Water levels are expected to rise and fall quickly, assuming there is nothing like a sudden heavy rain. Meteorologist Robert Tschantz says record levels are forecast for the lake and river.   Mendenhall Lake is forecast to reach 11.6 feet, almost 2 feet above moderate flood stage. Mendenhall River is forecast to crest at 14.6 feet. Tschantz said View Drive, a small residential area, becomes impassable when the river hits 13 feet. He said at the level forecast, parts of area campgrounds could be several feet underwater.

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