By Mark Sabbatini
Juneau Empire 

Flooding takes out homes and damages others along Juneau's Mendenhall River


August 9, 2023

Screenshot from video by Sam Nolan/courtesy Juneau Empire

A home collapses into the Mendenhall River in Juneau on Saturday, Aug. 5, due to record flooding. Officials said nobody was injured when the house collapsed, but other structures along the riverbank are at risk.

Amanda Arra saw about 50 feet of her Juneau backyard consumed by the Mendenhall River in just a few hours as the waters rose to a record flood level Saturday afternoon, Aug. 5. By evening, as a nearby home fell into the river, she feared she was going to lose hers as well.

Her home was still intact at midday Sunday, but about a quarter of the structure was hanging over the eroded riverbank as friends carried her belongings outside the house. Arra had abandoned the home the night before and said there clearly is no way to make the house safe to live in again.

"I'm just shaking like a leaf an...

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