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Posted on: May 28, 2021

PSA: Unstable Ice in Valdez Glacier Lake, Recreate with Caution

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CITY OF VALDEZ

 PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT

RECREATE WITH CAUTION: UNSTABLE ICE IN VALDEZ GLACIER LAKE


For immediate release:  05.28.2021, 5:00 p.m. 

 

A significant amount of unstable ice exists in Valdez Glacier Lake. Almost 90% of the current lake ice was created during the Valdez Glacier 2020 extreme calving event. 

 

Floating ice is actively moving and separating in the lake. Rolling icebergs and underwater calving pose serious danger. Ice caves or overhangs may also collapse from lack of support or movement. The new face of the glacier remains unstable and is likely to continue to calve throughout the summer.

 

Water in the lake is constantly flowing from the face of glacier to the lake’s outflow. This creates movement and pressure on ice beneath the surface. Open water may unexpectedly become congested with new debris and trap boaters. 

 

Please recreate responsibly. Conditions change daily. Gather information from a variety of sources prior to using Valdez Glacier Lake. Consider risk, weather conditions, and your intended route prior to departure.

 

If you choose to enjoy the lake, ensure you are prepared. Go with others. Make sure someone at home knows exactly where you are going and when you intend to return. Be realistic with the physical limitations of those in your group. Wear appropriate clothing and a life jacket. Take safety equipment, such as a helmet, bilge pump, food, water, extra clothing, first aid supplies, and a working communications device in case of emergency.

 

For your safety, keep away from floating ice and the face of the glacier. Remain observant as you recreate and retreat quickly from moving ice or unusual noises. Avoid climbing on icebergs. Be aware of rocks and ice which may fall from overhead areas. Pay attention to adjacent mountain slopes and watch for landslides that might cause large wave action in the lake. Observe and follow posted danger signs.

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Contacts: Aaron Baczuk, city emergency manager, abaczuk@pd.valdezak.gov, (907) 835-4560 or
 Allie Ferko, city PIO, 
aferko@valdezak.gov, (907) 202-0711


 COV News Release/PSA # 21-006


PSA Valdez Glacier Lake Ice Danger - May 2021 

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