LIST: Road Damage, Utility update, Shelters, Closures
Following a massive earthquake Friday morning near Anchorage, several buildings and roads in the surrounding area were damaged or, in some cases, completely destroyed.
As of 9 p.m., Glenn Highway is open in both directions, though there are still delays and detours. Detours will continue through the weekend. DOT says to stay off the roads unless necessary.
Highway has been reopened
Near the Eklutna exit, a massive sink hole opened up in a wooded area off the highway. Part of the road was impacted.
Tractor Trailers or semi-tractor trailers with doubles headed into Anchorage will be stopped prior to Mirror Lake.
Damage to the bridge is causing some inaccessibility issues. Avoid this area. There are detours
Periodic closures, according to DOT at 3:32 p.m.
A stretch of Vine Road was severely damaged with the road becoming destroyed and uneven from the quake. (Photo below)
Road remains partially open, but the surface is damaged. DOT says it is passable but advises caution.
Damage to the bridge is causing some inaccessibility issues. Avoid this area.
Damage to the road, avoid the area.
- Damage near Mile 1 - road is still passable, according to Deputy Director of Emergency Services Ken Barkley.
University officials say the UAA Campus and Chugiak-Eagle River campuses are closed. All non-essential personnel should go home. Please do not come to campus.
While ASD schools remain open, school officials asked for parents to pick up students where possible due to damage at several schools. In an email sent to parents Friday, it said ASD schools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 3 - 4. After school sports practices and games in Anchorage and Eagle River have been cancelled until Wednesday. The Mix 6 & 2A volleyball tournament at Dimond High School has been postponed Friday, and will resume Saturday at new location according to the Alaska Schools Activities Association.
The Mat-Su Borough School District says parents can pick up children whenever possible, but students are otherwise warm and safe. Like ASD, Mat-Su said all school activities, testing, sports, events, bazaars, religious services, etc. are CANCELED Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday districtwide.
All MSBSD schools are closed Monday & Tuesday EXCEPT Glacier View, Trapper Creek Elementary, Talkeetna Elementary, Su Valley High School, Willow Elementary and Beryozova.
Anchorage: Overnight sheltering is available at the Egan Center (555 W. 5th Ave.) in the main exhibition hall.
Mat-Su: Shelter is available at the Curtis Menard Memorial Center on S. Clapp Rd.
Eagle River-Chugiak: Chugiak Senior Center - 22424 Birchwood Loop Rd.
Girdwood - Girdwood Fire Department (186 Egloff Drive)
Chugach Electric - as of 1:51 Chugach Electric spokesperson Julie Hasquet says 21,000 customers were out of power at one point, but that is now down to about 1,325.
As of 2:45 p.m., about 12,000 MEA members are out, in Eagle River, Big Lake and Houston/Willow. That's due to 3 substations and a portion of a substation without power.
Enstar says it has responded to more than 700 reports of leaks. If you have a leak to report, call 907-334-7763 or 907-334-7770.
If you are without gas, Enstar suggests finding a warm place to stay and to expect ot have no gas for "a while," as it will take a while to get to everyone. The utility says it is calling in reinforcements from out of state to help get everyone back on line.
Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility says Anchorage and Eagle River should boil water as a precautionary measure, but it is not a boil order.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says well water may be contaminated.
Alaska Waste has suspended all operations to assess road conditoins to determine when they can serve customers again. The company's phone lines are down. Their phone lines are down. You can contact Alaska Waste at their website to fill out their contact form.
The Port in Anchorage did sustain some minor damage, but supplies in and out of Alaska are not expected to be interrupted.
ANMC has cancelled elective and clinical appointments today and is in the process of rescheduling them. All available personnel have been dispatched to the Emergency Department, preparing for any influx of injured patients due to the earthquake.
Service is closed for the remainder of Friday, as are the administrative offices.
Operations at the airport were shut down temporarily in the aftermath of the earthquake to check runways and taxiways for damage, said Jim Szczesniak, the airport manager.
A review by engineers showed no damage to runways and taxiways. However, Szczesniak says there was some damage to windows and burst water mains in the terminal.
Passenger flights were closed coming in and out of Anchorage but Szczesniak said they were expected to come back shortly as systems came back online.
Cargo planes were flying in and out of Anchorage as of 12:00 p.m. Szczesniak said that passengers flying out out of Anchorage should be patient.
By 3:18 p.m. the Airport was fully operational, DOT said.
Building has lost access to utilities. Those that are seeking shelter and cannot reach their home are now advised to make their way to the William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center.
Many stores were damaged and some are closed.
Stores that are open:
7731 E. Northern Lights
1650 W. Northern Lights (Fuel open)
5600 Debarr Rd.
4000 W. Dimond Blvd.
1 Hightower Rd (Girdwood)
1725 Abbott Rd. (Fuel open)
AACC is closed. If you find a lost animal take them to the back of the building to the night drop kennel. Animals will have a warm kennel and water until employees return to work tomorrow. There are only 4 large dog kennels and 4 kennels for small dogs and cats.
GCI says the company is "continuing to determine the full impact of today’s earthquake" but that "our initial review shows that our core network, wireless network, and internet and cable TV services are mostly unaffected, except instances related to regionalized power outages, heavy network utilization, and other local factors." GCI says that all GCI employees are safe and accounted for. "Due to extremely high call volume on our network, please consider using text messages or social media instead of calling. Thank you for your patience."
Closed today to assess damages and take caution from the earthquake this morning. Staff and animals are safe and accounted for.
Alaska Postal officials have announced a temporary suspension of mail delivery and retail operations in the city of Anchorage, Eagle River, and Wasilla due to the earthquake. Some deliveries were made across the area, but delivery operations were suspended at the request of State and local emergency operations. The only retail location open is at the Anchorage Processing and Distribution Facility, 4101 Postmark Dr. Anchorage, AK 99529.
The Trans Alaska Pipeline System was shutdown at 8:34 a.m. on Friday, November 30 following the earthquake, officials said in email. According to pipeline officials, there are no known injuries or damages reported at this time – the system was shut down as a precaution. Crews have been dispatched to conduct surveillance and assess the system for possible damage.
Alyeska says the Trans Alaska Pipeline System was re-started at 3:30 p.m. after a seven-hour shutdown. There was no damage found. The quake's epicenter was 120 miles from the Valdez Marine Terminal and 230 miles from the closest pump station, Pump Station 9.
Deputy Director of Emergency Services for the Mat-Su Borough says the Port is not damaged.
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