Southeast lives with risk of landslides - and more in the future

 

January 3, 2024

Loren Holmes / Anchorage Daily News

A landslide above downtown Juneau on Sept. 26, 2022, pushed debris and one home into the back of another residence on Gastineau Avenue. No one was injured in the slide, which also knocked out power lines. (This photo was taken Jan. 19, 2023.)

Over the past decade, landslides have cost Southeast Alaska communities in both death and destruction - 11 deaths and tens of millions of dollars in property and infrastructure damage.

Now communities around Southeast are reckoning with a future in which more destructive landslides are likely, as climate change fuels the extreme rainfall events and storms that scientists say may lead to increasingly powerful events in the future.

The most recent major landslide, on Nov. 20 at 11-Mile Zimovia Highway in Wrangell, was the deadliest Southeast Alaska slide in decades.

"It was a traumatic experi...



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