Flood waters rise following glacial outburst


by Your Alaska Link News Team

Floodwaters have begun creeping up on homes, closing side roads and popular hiking trails, following the release of water from a glacially dammed lake in Juneau.

The National Weather Service is forecasting record-high flood levels on Mendenhall Lake and Mendenhall River, of about 12 feet and 15 feet, respectively.

The Mendenhall River roared Friday morning, as some residents in the area watched water levels lap up into their yards. Residents along View Drive filled sandbags Thursday, some of which dotted yards Friday morning.

Given the forecast, meteorologist Robert Tschantz said residents along the entire stretch of the river should be vigilant.

Authorities had planned to evacuate the Mendenhall Lake campground Friday morning, but Ed Grossman, with the U.S. Forest Service, said campers were moved out Thursday night.