Antone Larson Bay Road washed out just below the pass. Photos by Jane Lanford.
Stormy conditions Friday night
flooded the airport runway and dumped mudslides on the road at Lash Dock and near
the fairgrounds. Crews worked through the night in an attempt to keep the road
passable. On Friday night the road had to eventually be closed to all traffic
as mud continued to pile up.
On Saturday morning a flight over
the area revealed the extent of the damage. By mid-day Saturday the road
remained closed as crews worked their way through what were described as two
Road Crews continued to work at
clearing the mudslides all day Saturday.
By Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. the DOT re-opened the road.
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Sandy Thummel (THUM-uhl) is a
spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers. She said that a flight over the area
revealed what lay ahead for the workers.
-- (Road Update 1 :35 "He
was actually ... one as well.")
night, D-O-T workers fought Mother Nature to keep the road open while a long
line of commuters waited, hoping to make it home before their luck or the mountain
ran out. According to Thummel, the drivers came out ahead.
-- (Road Update 2 :09 "To
my knowledge ...in the mud.")
focus on clearing the slides, any damage to Chiniak highway has yet to be assessed.
-- (Road Update 3 :09 "I
would think ...at this time.")