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Flood warning after Juneau glacial outburst


Jennifer Thorsteinson / Submitted photo

Water rose far beyond the creek's normal shores along the Steep Creek Trail near Mendenhall Glacier.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Water crept up on homes and closed roads and popular hiking trails Friday, as residents braced for possible record flooding after the release of water from a glacially dammed lake.

The old record of 11.18 feet on Mendenhall Lake, set in 1995, was broken by Friday afternoon, as the lake water level reached 11.8 feet, then began to drop slightly, the National Weather Service said.

Authorities have been monitoring the lake and Mendenhall River to see when they would crest following the water release. The Weather Service said the river level also dropped slightly by late...

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