Avalanche closes Seward Highway

Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An avalanche shut down the Seward Highway between Anchorage and Girdwood on Wednesday and caused power outages in several communities.

The state Department of Transportation was doing avalanche control along the highway when the slide occurred near Bird Flat at about 11 a.m.

The department had the road reopened several hours later.

According to Chugach Electric, the avalanche caused structural damage to an electrical line. Power was knocked out to Girdwood, Indian, Bird and Hope.

Also, the Whittier Tunnel was closed temporarily because of the power outage.

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