Heavy rain leads to flood advisory for Anchorage
The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for Chester Creek, Campbell Creek and Ship Creek.
The advisory is in effect until 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. One road was briefly closed due to rising water: Turnagain Boulevard between Spenard Road and Borland Drive was closed after a nearby creek overflowed, flooding the roadway, a statement from the Anchorage Police Department said.
“The road will remain closed until the water recedes and it is determined safe to pass,” police said.
The road reopened within an hour.
Recent rains have caused levels to rise in Anchorage area streams. Continuing precipitation is expected throughout the day and could push streams to minor flood levels, according to the NWS advisory.
Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause ponding of water in urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other poor drainage areas. Some locations NWS expects to experience flooding are Eagle River, Fort Richardson, Campbell Creek Science Center and the Muldoon area.
The service advises people not to attempt to cross water-covered bike paths or roadways and to remain cautious when in low-lying areas. The advisory states those along Ship Creek should see higher water and faster than normal current.
Drivers shouldn’t attempt to travel across flooded roads and find alternate routes.
“It takes only a few inches of swiftly flowing water to carry vehicles away,” the release states.
In their own statement, police emphasized the danger of attempting to drive flooded roadways.
“Remember: turn around, don’t drown!” police wrote. “You never know the shape of the road under the water.”
High water in areas along these streams should subside by Tuesday morning, according to NWS.
Ted Stevens airport has recorded 0.82 inches of rain through noon Monday. This beats the old daily rainfall record of 0.73 inches from 1988.
Heavy rain will move out of Anchorage later this afternoon, with light showers remaining through Tuesday morning. There is a chance for thunderstorms to develop over Cook Inlet, the Susitna Valley, and the western Kenai this afternoon through the early evening hours.
KTVA’s Rachael Penton contributed to this report.