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The National Weather Service reports the water level in "Suicide Basin," near Mendenhall Glacier, is rising again. This basin has been the source of flooding in the Mendenhall Valley each summer since 2011. As warm summer temperatures melt the glacier, runoff collects in the basin until it reaches a critical point and releases thousands of gallons of water downstream.
Glacier flood possible again 062514 NEWS 2 For the Capital City Weekly The National Weather Service reports the water level in "Suicide Basin," near Mendenhall Glacier, is rising again. This basin has been the source of flooding in the Mendenhall Valley each summer since 2011. As warm summer temperatures melt the glacier, runoff collects in the basin until it reaches a critical point and releases thousands of gallons of water downstream.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Story last updated at 6/25/2014 - 2:13 pm

Glacier flood possible again

The National Weather Service reports the water level in "Suicide Basin," near Mendenhall Glacier, is rising again. This basin has been the source of flooding in the Mendenhall Valley each summer since 2011. As warm summer temperatures melt the glacier, runoff collects in the basin until it reaches a critical point and releases thousands of gallons of water downstream.

Judging by past events, it is difficult to say when the basin will release and how much - if any - flooding will result. In 2011, power was shut off to View Drive, and several homeowners evacuated their homes for a day.

A water level gauge has been installed at Suicide Basin and can be viewed online at http://1.usa.gov/1lcOxZK.


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