At least 8 out of 42 Eagle River condos unsafe to occupy after 7.0 quake

Published: Dec. 9, 2018 at 11:14 PM AKST
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Eight out of 42 units in an Eagle River condominium have been red-tagged as unsafe to occupy, after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Nov. 30.

Mallory Valentine says her parents were forced to move in with her family after the hill behind their duplex slid during the quake, causing major structural damage.

Officials from the Municipality of Anchorage inspected the house Dec. 6 finding the north foundation wall had fractured and the shear wall is compromised. No one was advised to live in the property as "further seismic events could collapse the building," read the warning from MOA.

To complicate matters, Valentine’s father, Ed McClure, has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair. Valentine explained that Ed bought the property 17 years as it was advertised as disabled-accessible.

The doors are wider for a wheelchair and there is a chairlift. Valentine said that she doesn’t have the same amenities in her own house and getting them installed would be costly and difficult.

7 other duplexes along the same hillside have all been red-flagged as unsafe. Nearby properties have been yellow-tagged as restricted entry, stopping people from going on decks or into crawl spaces.