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Not one, but two roof avalanches caught on home security camera in Willow

A security camera caught not one, but two roof avalanches at a home in Willow.
A security camera caught not one, but two roof avalanches at a home in Willow.(Andrew Knowles)
Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 10:25 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - When Shandra Lounsbury returned home in Willow Tuesday after running errands, she found a new mound of snow next to the house. The security camera revealed where the snow came from: a roof avalanche dropping 4 to 6 feet of snow all at once right next to the house.

Then Wednesday, it happened again, on the other side of the house. This time also causing damage to her and Andrew Knowles’ home, knocking out power, and potentially causing a gas leak.

Not one, but two roof avalanches

Wow! What a scary sight to see, not one, but two roof avalanches! When Shandra Lounsbury returned home in Willow Tuesday after running errands she found a new mound of snow next to the house. The security camera revealed where the snow came from, a roof avalanche dropping 4 to 6 feet of snow all at once right next to the house! Then today, it happened again on the other side. This time also causing damage to the house, knocking out power, and potentially causing a gas leak. Andrew Knowles says he's thankful his fiancee, Shandra, and their dogs weren't home during the potentially lethal snow slides. He was also away at the time, but now has not only snow to clear, but damage to repair. This serves as a reminder that roof avalanches can and do happen, and they can be deadly. At least three people have reportedly died in similar situations in just Alaska alone. Stay alert! https://www.alaskasnewssource.com/2021/04/01/not-one-but-two-roof-avalanches-caught-on-home-security-camera-in-willow/

Posted by Melissa Frey on Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Knowles says he’s thankful his fiancee, Lounsbury, and their dogs weren’t home during the potentially lethal snow slides. He was also away at the time, but now has not only snow to clear, but damage to repair. This is their first winter living in Willow.

This avalanche serves as a reminder that roof avalanches can and do happen — and they can be deadly. At least three people have reportedly died in similar situations in just Alaska alone.

This time of year, as temperatures warm, the snow becomes unstable and easily slides. It’s important to stay alert when walking next to or under roof lines.

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