Atmospheric river raises river and stream levels for Southeast

Alaska's News Source Anchor Kristen Durand brings you the FastCast daily digital headlines for Oct. 12, 2022.
Published: Oct. 13, 2022 at 3:22 PM AKDT
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JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) - An atmospheric river dropping large quantities of rain on Southeast Alaska has city officials watching water levels on regional rivers and streams.

Rainfall was highest for Haines, collecting 2.49 inches. Skagway measured 1.09 inches of rain, Juneau 1.37 inches and Petersburg 1.25 inches Thursday.

A Flood Warning has been issued for the Taiya River near Skagway, and will remain in effect until 7 a.m. on Friday.

“Flooding began around 10 pm, Wednesday, 12 October 2022. More than 3 inches of rain have fallen around the Skagway region. Additional rainfall of around 1 inch is expected,” the weather service wrote. “The Dyea road is is flooded between the Taiya River bridge and the McDermott driveway. The Dyea Road is closed starting at the Rifle Range access road.”

“Excessive rainfall and corresponding runoff will likely result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, other low-lying areas and flood-prone locations,” the weather service wrote. “Isolated landslides are possible in areas of steep terrain.”

“Minor flooding is expected to begin Thursday evening, especially near the Chilkat River. Between 4 and 7 inches of rain have fallen. Additional rainfall amounts of 0.5 to 1.5 inches are possible,” the weather service wrote. “Areas around mile post 14 and 24 of the Haines Highway are the most likely place to experience minor flooding.”

Juneau is under a Flood Advisory until 7 a.m. Friday.

“River gauge reports indicate rises in water levels from heavy rain in the advisory area,” the weather service wrote. “This will cause minor flooding from overflow of poor drainage areas, especially near Mendenhall Lake and River, Montana Creek, Auke Lake and Jordan Creek. Between 1 and 4 inches of rain have fallen. Additional rainfall amounts up to 1 inch are possible.”