By Caroleine James
Wrangell Sentinel 

Landslide eyewitnesses and evacuees share their stories


November 29, 2023

Mark C. Robinson / Wrangell Sentinel

Angela Stires is embraced by her daughter Nov. 21 at the community center, which opened up for people displaced by the landslide. Stires lives about a mile farther down the highway from the slide zone and evacuated after the slide cut access to homes in the area.

People living near the landslide's path had a harrowing night Nov. 20, as homes were evacuated and first responders searched for people who were unaccounted for.

Stan Guggenbickler was missing overnight after going for a drive on the evening of Nov. 20. He had baked a cake for his son's 18th birthday and wanted to let the cake cool before frosting it, so he headed up the road from his house at Panhandle Trailer Court to Middle Ridge cabin in his truck.

After turning onto the road to Middle Ridge, debris covered his exit, trapping him. "It happened 30 seconds after I drove across it," Guggen...

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