An ice jam in the Kenai River caused water to flow in a Soldotna neighborhood Monday afternoon, triggering a flood warning and road closures.
The ice jam is causing flooding on the south side of the Kenai River in the Riverside Drive subdivision, the flood warning from the National Weather Service said. As of Monday morning, the water was flowing over Riverside Lane and Eddy Lane near Soldotna.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough responded to the flooding Monday morning, which was reported near the Big Eddy State Recreation Site, Dan Nelson, emergency manager for the borough, said.
Vehicle access is not possible past Amiyung Court on Eddy Lane, Nelson said, and unpassable roads have been barricaded. The borough is encouraging residents to travel safe and to not drive down closed roads.
Nelson said residents in affected areas have been checked on and are safe.
There are no reports of flooding across the river in the Ciechanski Day Use Area and the Ciechanski Road Subdivision, which the borough surveyed Monday afternoon.
Nelson said there isn’t a whole lot the borough can do, but the staff is monitoring the situation. With continued cold temperatures in the forecast, Nelson said he expects the situation to remain “static.”