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New avalanche blocks highway north of Seward

Posted: Monday, February 07, 2000

An avalanche closed a section of the Seward Highway Saturday night, just hours after the roadway had been cleared of snow from previous slides, the Alaska Division of Emergency said.

The highway was closed at Mile 20.6, and there was no immediate determination on when it would be reopened, emergency spokeswoman Laura Whitehouse said.

No injuries were reported in the slide Alaska State Troopers called into the state Emergency Coordination Center at 10:45 p.m.

Officials said the avalanche is 200-feet wide and 8- to 10-feet deep where it crosses the road, and Department of Transportation and Public Facilities road crews were on site Sunday to begin clearing it.

The Seward trooper post reported early Sunday afternoon that additional bombing and clearing was ongoing near the site of the slide, about a mile and a half north of the IRBI knife shop.

Troopers said they hoped to have the highway reopened Sunday night.

One person was killed by avalanches that started Jan. 31 and Gov. Tony Knowles has requested the Clinton administration declare the region a disaster area.

The avalanches also caused power line breaks that could leave residents of the ski resort of Girdwood and smaller communities without electricity for up to a week.

On Friday, National Guard crews airlifted utility repair equipment, a diesel generator and fuel to Hope, where the 150 residents were among those left without power.

BYLINE1:Staff report

An avalanche closed a section of the Seward Highway Saturday night, just hours after the roadway had been cleared of snow from previous slides, the Alaska Division of Emergency said.

The highway was closed at Mile 20.6, and there was no immediate determination on when it would be reopened, emergency spokeswoman Laura Whitehouse said.

No injuries were reported in the slide Alaska State Troopers called into the state Emergency Coordination Center at 10:45 p.m.

Officials said the avalanche is 200-feet wide and 8- to 10-feet deep where it crosses the road, and Department of Transportation and Public Facilities road crews were on site Sunday to begin clearing it.

The Seward trooper post reported early Sunday afternoon that additional bombing and clearing was ongoing near the site of the slide, about a mile and a half north of the IRBI knife shop.

Troopers said they hoped to have the highway reopened Sunday night.

One person was killed by avalanches that started Jan. 31 and Gov. Tony Knowles has requested the Clinton administration declare the region a disaster area.

The avalanches also caused power line breaks that could leave residents of the ski resort of Girdwood and smaller communities without electricity for up to a week.

On Friday, National Guard crews airlifted utility repair equipment, a diesel generator and fuel to Hope, where the 150 residents were among those left without power.

BYLINE1:Staff report

An avalanche closed a section of the Seward Highway Saturday night, just hours after the roadway had been cleared of snow from previous slides, the Alaska Division of Emergency said.

The highway was closed at Mile 20.6, and there was no immediate determination on when it would be reopened, emergency spokeswoman Laura Whitehouse said.

No injuries were reported in the slide Alaska State Troopers called into the state Emergency Coordination Center at 10:45 p.m.

Officials said the avalanche is 200-feet wide and 8- to 10-feet deep where it crosses the road, and Department of Transportation and Public Facilities road crews were on site Sunday to begin clearing it.

The Seward trooper post reported early Sunday afternoon that additional bombing and clearing was ongoing near the site of the slide, about a mile and a half north of the IRBI knife shop.

Troopers said they hoped to have the highway reopened Sunday night.

One person was killed by avalanches that started Jan. 31 and Gov. Tony Knowles has requested the Clinton administration declare the region a disaster area.

The avalanches also caused power line breaks that could leave residents of the ski resort of Girdwood and smaller communities without electricity for up to a week.

On Friday, National Guard crews airlifted utility repair equipment, a diesel generator and fuel to Hope, where the 150 residents were among those left without power.

HEAD:New avalanche blocks highway north of Seward

BYLINE1:Staff report

An avalanche closed a section of the Seward Highway Saturday night, just hours after the roadway had been cleared of snow from previous slides, the Alaska Division of Emergency said.

The highway was closed at Mile 20.6, and there was no immediate determination on when it would be reopened, emergency spokeswoman Laura Whitehouse said.

No injuries were reported in the slide Alaska State Troopers called into the state Emergency Coordination Center at 10:45 p.m.

Officials said the avalanche is 200-feet wide and 8- to 10-feet deep where it crosses the road, and Department of Transportation and Public Facilities road crews were on site Sunday to begin clearing it.

The Seward trooper post reported early Sunday afternoon that additional bombing and clearing was ongoing near the site of the slide, about a mile and a half north of the IRBI knife shop.

Troopers said they hoped to have the highway reopened Sunday night.

One person was killed by avalanches that started Jan. 31 and Gov. Tony Knowles has requested the Clinton administration declare the region a disaster area.

The avalanches also caused power line breaks that could leave residents of the ski resort of Girdwood and smaller communities without electricity for up to a week.

On Friday, National Guard crews airlifted utility repair equipment, a diesel generator and fuel to Hope, where the 150 residents were among those left without power.



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