Water levels are now receding from this week’s jökulhlaup in Suicide Basin above Mendenhall Glacier.
Brian Bezenek of the National Weather Service office in Juneau said both Mendenhall Lake and Mendenhall River crested a little after midnight Friday morning.
Mendenhall Lake peaked at 8.36 feet and Mendenhall River crested at 9.98 feet.
Bezenek said there was less water from the jökulhlaup they had anticipated. Both the lake and river crested well short of earlier forecasts.
“This one is much less than what last year’s (glacial outburst) was by about a couple of feet,” said Bezenek.
He said they had not heard of any damage or injuries.
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