This was the second glacial outburst this month from the Mendenhall Glacier.
“A lot of our scientists are monitoring this, caught us a little bit off guard just due to how early it released,” says weather service hydrologist Aaron Jacobs.
The National Weather Service is changing the way it forecasts the water level in Juneau’s Mendenhall River.
Water levels started rising dramatically on Tuesday on the Taku River located south of Juneau.
The water levels continue to drop after flooding roads and homes near the lake and river.
Record water levels expected by early Friday evening
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch in effect through Monday morning for the Mendenhall Lake and Mendenhall River areas.
Water is still rising in Suicide Basin on the Mendenhall Glacier, but if or when it will release isn’t predictable
Juneau officials met Monday to plan their response to a possible glacial outburst flood in the area around Mendenhall Lake this summer
Residents living along the Mendenhall River and campers, sightseers and paddlers near the Mendenhall Glacier should prepare for possible flooding.