Thunderstorms lead to flash flooding in Palmer
Thunderstorms produced record rainfall in Palmer Monday afternoon causing flash flooding and forcing closures of roads and businesses.
The storms developed Monday afternoon near Hatcher Pass and moved into Palmer shortly before 5 p.m. More than a third of an inch of rain fell between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m., with 0.44 inches adding up by 7 p.m. This amount of rain ties the record for daily rainfall at the Palmer Municipal Airport.
Palmer police shut down the intersection of Colony Way and Glacier View Avenue after the road flooded. One car got caught in quick-moving water and ended up stuck in a hole in the shoulder after trying to turn around. The driver was safe and the car was towed.
Thunderstorms will continue to develop near Hatcher Pass and move south. Additional isolated thunderstorms are possible across the Mat-Su, in addition to Anchorage, Kenai and near Cooper Landing.
Jennipher Jenner shared this photo of the flooding at the Matanuska-Susitna Borough building.
Downtown streets and parking lots were also flooded from the heavy rain.
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