Portion of Glenn Highway floods near Moose Creek
GLENNALLEN, Alaska (KTUU) - A 200-foot section of the Glenn Highway is flooded in the Cooper River Valley.
John Perreault with the Alaska Department of Transportation’s Northern Region said the area surrounding Glennallen will have plenty of staff working to make it easier to travel on the Glenn Highway.
“We are going to have DOT staff on hand flagging all night making sure that traffic is safe through there,” Perreault said. “We are seeing a lot more water than we saw last year and our doing our best and we do have gravel resources on hand if any rebuilding is needed when the waters recede.”
A 511 incident alert notified residents to the situation, marking highway miles 157 through 187 to flooding concerns.
“Flooding up to fog line on highway. Use caution flooding across side roads. Travel with caution,” the alert read.
The Glenn Highway has not been closed, Perreault said. Drivers are encouraged to obey law enforcement and to not drive across flooded roads.
The National Weather Service continues a flood advisory for the Glenn Highway along Moose Creek in and around Glennallen until 12:45 p.m. Thursday.
High water problems plagued other parts of Alaska as well. Portions of the Taylor Highway were also flooded near Eagle, Perreault said. Although smaller roadways are blocked off in the area, the Taylor Highway is not closed, he said.
“Mission Road is totally submerged in the area,” Perreault said, adding that there are flooded ditches.
Reports from Eagle indicate some flooding in low-lying areas and along the road between the town and neighboring Eagle Village. Large chunks of ice were reported to have crossed over the riverbank. Some impacts to structures did occur, although the extent is still unknown.
The National Weather Service discontinued the Flood Warning for Eagle Saturday evening.
“The ice jam at Eagle broke loose and moved downstream this morning,” the organization said. “Water levels are now receding and there is no significant ice coming downriver. Flooding is no longer expected to pose a threat. Please continue to heed remaining road closures.”
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