Juneau landslide mostly cleared, road reopens

Juneau landslide response enters cleanup phase.
Published: Sep. 27, 2022 at 3:33 PM AKDT|Updated: Sep. 29, 2022 at 6:11 AM AKDT
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JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) - Only a few houses in a Juneau neighborhood are still without power as crews continue to clean up debris from a landslide that happened Monday evening.

As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, traffic was moving through Gastineau Avenue again as the road was reopened. An update from the City and Borough of Juneau said crews began clearing debris at 8 a.m. Wednesday, once it was determined that it was safe enough to work in the area, and “approximately 15 truckloads” of debris was moved.

“We are not seeing additional rain and wind that would lead us to believe that we are at any heightened risk, any more risk then normal for additional landslide activity,” Robert Barr, the Deputy City Manager for the City and Borough of Juneau, said.

However, Barr said that they are looking ahead at the weather report for the rest of the week. Additional rainfall expected for both Wednesday and Friday, he said, could increase chances of a landslide of occurring.

“I think that both of those weather events — particularly the one on Friday as it goes into Saturday morning — is forecasted to be a little bit more severe, more rain, more wind. Those present more increased risk,” Barr said.

Residents of the affected area are now allowed access to their homes on a limited basis.

Recovery work continues as crews with Alaska Electric Light and Power work to restore electricity to the few customers who still do not have power.

According to Barr, the few homes that are still lacking power won’t come online until all the debris has been picked up.

A landslide cut off power to residents near  Gastineau Avenue in Juneau on Monday night.
A landslide cut off power to residents near Gastineau Avenue in Juneau on Monday night.(Capital City Fire and Rescue)

In order to facilitate debris removal, residents have been asked to relocate any vehicle parked within a one-block radius of 187 Gastineau Avenue.

Vehicles that are not moved will be towed to the Zach Gordon Youth Center, located at 396 Whittier Street. Owners will not be charged a fee for the tow and can pick up their vehicles from the youth center at their own convenience.

Full power restoration is expected once slide debris is removed, which will allow AEL&P crews to work on damaged power lines.

Residents who need further assistance with issues related to the landslide are encouraged to contact Juneau Emergency Program Manager Tom Mattice at (907) 209-9207.