by Deborah Brocke ~ May 29th, 2013
Continued high temperatures and resulting snowmelt are still raising levels in creeks and rivers in the Susitna Valley.
At 9 am this morning, the water level was 11 feet at the railroad bridge across the Talkeetna River. It rose about one and a quarter feet in twenty-four hours. Minor flood stage is 12 feet. At last fall’s high water mark, the level was just over 17 feet. Levels there are published every 24 hours.
The water level at the Susitna River Parks Highway Bridge also continues to rise. It was up to 20 feet at 10:45 am yesterday, and just over 22 feet at the same time today. There is no flood stage level information for this site.
After nearly reaching moderate flood stage yesterday, Gold Creek levels appear to be leveling off in minor flood stage levels.
According to local observations, the ice dam near Curry on the Susitna River, which is referred to in the National Weather Service flood watch statement, broke early yesterday evening. The ice dam was reported by a pilot yesterday, but the Weather Service had not received an update on that as of 10:45 this morning. A Talkeetna Air Taxi pilot reported bankful levels of water, but no ice dams today.