Kenai Closed to Boating as Water Rises

Red Cross Opens Shelter, Stands Ready Across State.


by Mike Ford

Residents and small business owners are on full watch as the National Weather Service extends a flood warning for the Kenai river for most of this week.

The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation closing the Kenai river special management area to all boating traffic today. Officials calling the move nessecery to protect public safety on the Kenai river

The closure will remain in effect until flood waters have subsided to an acceptable level. The waters of kilak and kenai lakes are noit included in the closure at this time.


Meanwhile the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is responding to emergency requests made by the Mat-Su and Kenai Bouroughs.

The agency sending a second emergency manager to the Kenai and are in the process of sending ten more incident management personnel to the Mat-Su.

The Red Cross of Alaska opening a shelter in Willow Sunday and helping at least six families. Red Cros teams are also active in Seward and the Kenai area

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