...flood watch in effect through tuesday afternoon for the
kennicott river near mccarthy...

The national weather service in anchorage has issued a

* flood watch for the kennicot river near mccarthy.

* through tuesday afternoon

* hidden lake... Which is dammed by the kennicott glacier...has
begun to release causing a significant rise on the kennicott
river at mccarthy. The kennicott river water levels prior to the
release were at 20.3 ft but began to rapidly rise early sunday

This is a yearly event which occurs in the mid to late summer.
Water levels on the kennicott river are also rising due to rain
on saturday. A total rise of 3-5 feet can be expected at

* persons living or traveling in the vicinity of the kennicott
river are urged to remain alert for rising water and possible
minor flooding during the next several days. Persons traveling
to this area for recreation 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

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding.

You are encouraged to closely monitor this weather situation.
Preparation for this potentially dangerous weather event should
begin now.