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Avalanche cuts off access to entire town

Avalanche Cuts Off Road Access To Entire City

The only highway in the small city of Valdez, Alaska has been blocked by several avalanches, cutting off access. Listen to this from 'Fox & Friends':

'4,000 people in the state of Alaska are being told at this hour 'pack your bags.' They may have to evacuate their homes because two avalanches have cut off their town to the outside world.'

HLN reports residents won't have to worry about how to access food, at least, since help is on the way. 'Authorities say that the road could be closed for at least a week, maybe longer. There's enough gas and heating oil to last a while, but food and supplies are being brought in on barges.'

'Good Morning America' anchor Josh Elliott explains that the a delay in re-opening the only road into the city is partially due to some 30-feet of ice and snow.

Media reports say The Alaska Department of Transportation called the avalanches some of the biggest ever seen in the area. Anchorage Daily News reports the avalanches struck Richardson Highway on Friday.

The city has also asked the Alaska Marine Highway Service to increase ferry service.

So far, no injuries have been reported.

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NeeCee January 27 2014 at 1:07 PM

Where's the "bridge to nowhere Alaskans need it?"

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gmgpjandon January 27 2014 at 4:24 PM

I remember back in the seventies, the company I worked for shipped tapes of the Seattle TV stations to the Valdez cable company. At that time I think there was only fifty or sixty customers. Great town, greater people. They'll make it.

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mvplions January 27 2014 at 1:25 PM

4,000 or 40,000 just a slight difference of 36,000 people

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precstimes January 27 2014 at 1:26 PM

Unless they are fearing an avalanche in the town of Valdez, I can't imagine why people would have to evacuate. There are ferries and barges to bring food, water and anything else they need. I have driven that road to Valdez and have ridden the ferry to the town across the way. They put your car on a track that takes you to the road that takes you to Anchorage. The only reason to leave your home in Valdez is the threat of an Avalanche dumping on top of the town.

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alaskagrrrl precstimes January 27 2014 at 1:45 PM

Because the river that flows into town (next to the hwy) has damned up due to the avalanches. It is a huge lake of water behind the avalanche and they are afraid it will flood the town.

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jcsdaad alaskagrrrl January 29 2014 at 12:44 PM

Actually, not the town, but the two subdivisions just to the south and west. There is really no way that the water from the Lowe river could get to Valdez. It empties into the sound well to the southeast of Valdez proper.

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runswthscisors40 January 27 2014 at 4:16 PM

Um, turn around, the port is right behind you.............idiots..............

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franklinjefferson January 27 2014 at 1:27 PM

Hey AOL Headline makers... FOUR thousand. Not FORTY thousand people.

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bbnpl4545 franklinjefferson January 27 2014 at 1:31 PM

4000 is to small of a number. They needed to add some drama. As all ways.

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C.J. franklinjefferson January 27 2014 at 1:33 PM

Hey Frank, got your laundry done yet!

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franklinjefferson C.J. January 27 2014 at 1:44 PM

What the hell is that even supposed to mean? You don't think a 36,000 people discrepancy in those that have to be evacuated is worth pointing out?

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AKGERRY January 27 2014 at 1:27 PM

I lived in Alaska for 20 years, 96 miles north of Valdez,(mile 96 Richardson Hiway) was our address. Avalanches on Thompson Pass (Valdez) are common in the winter. They often have the Extreme Skiing competition there. Beautiful place, Valdez usually gets the most snow of any town in Alaska.

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William Erving January 27 2014 at 4:14 PM

4,000 not 40,000.....

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C.J. William Erving January 27 2014 at 5:17 PM

Erving, ever make a typo or mistake in your lifetime?

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elrod.porkmore January 27 2014 at 1:31 PM

well that makes a headline, they are totally cut off, they may need to evacuate, REALLY? HOW?

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nothanksok elrod.porkmore January 27 2014 at 1:35 PM

Yeah really, how? lol

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alaskagrrrl elrod.porkmore January 27 2014 at 1:41 PM

by ferry, boat, airplane, etc. Many residents of Valdez own a boat.

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Robert Downey Jr January 27 2014 at 1:32 PM

They are very tough people and with a little help they will be fine.

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nothanksok Robert Downey Jr January 27 2014 at 1:39 PM

rob are you the movie acter RDJ? not that it really mattered me either way, just wondering.....

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