Avalanche clogs Juneau stream

Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- An avalanche on Mount Roberts behind downtown Juneau clogged Gold Creek Monday, forcing the local electric utility to turn off its creek-powered generators.

The toe of the slide, estimated at 30 feet deep, significantly slowed the flow of water in the creek. The hydroelectric plant powered by the creek supplies just 2 to 3 percent of Juneau's electricity, according to Gayle Wood, office manager for Alaska Electric Light & Power.

The three other Juneau hydroelectric plants have plenty of water at this time of year, Wood said.

Volunteer firefighter Greg Germain said the slide went all the way across Gold Creek gulch. But he said that water was flowing through it, so water was not building up behind the slide.

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