The frozen Kenai River can be seen here from the Ciechanski Day Use Area in Kenai, Alaska, on Jan. 16, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

The frozen Kenai River can be seen here from the Ciechanski Day Use Area in Kenai, Alaska, on Jan. 16, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Flooding subsides in Big Eddy area

Ice jam on the Kenai River caused flooding earlier this month and shut down several roads.

After an ice jam on the Kenai River caused flooding earlier this month and shut down several roads in the Big Eddy area, the flooding has been addressed and area roads, including Eddy Lane, Amiyung Drive and Riverside Lane, are now accessible. Dan Nelson, emergency manager for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, said Thursday that the Borough’s Roads department used heavy machinery this week to break up the ice and stabilize the roads for safe travel.

An ice jam near the Big Eddy State Recreation Area that formed Jan. 5 prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood advisory and later flood warnings for the area. The latest flood advisory expired Wednesday, and Nelson said the temperatures in the area are too cold for any more flooding to occur.

“It’s winter, so everything is really frozen and it’s probably going to stay that way until there’s a significant increase in temperatures,” Nelson said. “But one good side effect of this cold weather is that nothing’s moving, so there’s no further risk of flooding at this time.”

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