By Rashah McChesney
Chilkat Valley News 

Haines shares what it learned from deadly 2020 landslide

 

December 13, 2023

Courtesy Lt. Erick Oredson / U.S. Coast Guard

An unusual rainstorm caused landslides, including this large one that killed two people on Dec. 3, 2020, in Haines. City leaders and community members who led recovery and rebuilding efforts say the community learned a number of lessons about disaster recovery.

More than 140 miles away in Juneau, Sylvia Heinz picked up her phone and read the news of the fatal landslide in Wrangell.

"I put my phone down. I couldn't read it. I couldn't think about it. I felt sick to my stomach," Heinz said. "My second thought was, 'I wish I was there because now I have all of this experience and resources and I hate for that to go to waste.'"

She's not alone. Several people in Haines said hearing about Wrangell's Nov. 20 landslide triggered memories and emotions they're still dealing with years after a winter storm in 2020 caused widespread damage and a massive land...



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