Warming temperatures are bringing a lot of water down the rivers and they tributaries and rivers are rising everywhere. Flood watches have been issued for the Tanana, Yukon, and Kuskokwim rivers and locally, everyone is keeping a closer eye on the Susitna, Talkeetna, and Chulitna Rivers.
The Susitna River, at Gold Creek, has risen about 3 feet in the past 24 hours. The water level was at 6.57 feet this afternoon, the Flood Stage is at 14 feet at that location.
The Talkeetna River, above the railroad bridge has come up about 2 feet in the last 24 hours. Water level at that location is 4.81 feet with a Flood Stage of 12.5 feet.
Currently there is room for quite a bit more water…which is good news as there is a lot more water to come as the warm temperatures have arrived for the Memorial Day weekend.
For current information go to the hydrology pages of the National Weather Service website…found at http://aprfc.arh.noaa.gov/