- Associated Press - Monday, July 4, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - U.S. Forest Service officials say cleanup efforts are underway and operations are resuming as normal following a record-setting glacial outburst flood in Juneau.

Mendenhall Lake peaked at 11.99 feet on Friday, breaking the 11.85 record set in July 2014. The National Weather Service had lifted the flood warning issued for the area Thursday once water levels from the glacier outburst flood, also known as a jokulhlaup, receded on Saturday, The Juneau Empire reported (http://bit.ly/29qlLHR).

“The Nugget Falls trail will remain closed (Saturday) as it is still flooded, but our Photo Point trail has reopened and all other trails are open,” said Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Director John Neary.

The Forest Service reopened the Mendenhall Lake campground on Saturday, where the flood had displaced about 65 campers. Skaters Cabin Road also reopened Saturday morning and people can now access the beach boat-launching area and West Glacier Trail, according to Marc Ramonda, a recreation manager with the Juneau Ranger District.

A depression called Suicide Basin, which is filled with rain and melted glacier water, began draining into Mendenhall Lake and Mendenhall River Thursday. Forecasters had predicted the water would reach record levels and warned that some homes could be flooded.

Laurie Craig, lead naturalist for the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, helped close the Photo Point trail Friday night near the visitor center as the water submerged a bridge.

“This degree of flooding that closed the bridge has only happened once, in 2014, but the water came even higher last night according to the National Weather Service who monitors these floods,” Craig said.

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Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com

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