The national weather service has issued a river statement for the kennicott river. No flooding is expected at this time.
Hidden lake... Which is dammed by the kennicott glacier... Began to release thursday night causing a significant rise on the kennicott river at mccarthy. The kennicott river water levels prior to the release were at 20.0 ft but have rapidly risen to 22.3 ft by friday afternoon. Reports indicate the lake is half empty as of friday afternoon.
This is a yearly event occurring in mid to late summer. A total rise of 3 to 5 feet can be expected at mccarthy.
Persons living or traveling in the vicinity of the kennicott river are urged to remain alert for rising water. Flooding is not expected at this time due to recent channel changes. However fast moving currents and high water can be dangerous to recreationalists. Persons traveling to this area should avoid parking or camping in any low lying areas near the river crossing to mccarthy. The chitina and copper rivers will experience moderate rises in water levels as the glacier dammed lake outburst progresses downriver.
This statement will not be updated.