Glacial outburst flooding in Juneau destroys homes

Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska
(Image credit: AP Photo / Becky Bohrer)

Two homes were destroyed in Juneau, Alaska, over the weekend due to glacial outburst flooding.

This type of flooding has been happening in Juneau since 2011. It occurs when thinning ice above the terminus of Mendenhall Glacier creates an ice dam in an area called Suicide Basin, which traps rain and meltwater. It fills up over the spring and summer before draining into Mendenhall Lake and Mendenhall River.

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Catherine Garcia, The Week US

Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.