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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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Mary and Alex January 27 2014 at 1:23 PM

i think people in Alaska will handle this situation just fine chill people

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jalberts.houston January 27 2014 at 2:04 PM

As shown below this is just another case of media news grabing a possible headline to fill broadcasting time, never mind the actual facts.
So much broadcasting time to fill and so little real news to fill it.

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dianacullompa January 27 2014 at 2:08 PM

Meg, Your necklace looks ridiculous! It is fitting for the story though.

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kimcrdr January 27 2014 at 2:08 PM

I thought most of the towns in Alaska were "cut off" (so to speak) to the rest of the state? are they not used to the snow and ice there yet? To me this just seems common in winter time there.

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Hi Bob January 27 2014 at 2:11 PM

This is an asinine story designed to make things sound much worse than they really are. What the media is ignoring is the fact that Valdez is one of the most important seaports in Alaska. 80% to 90% of all foods, fuels and other products come into the town by ship and in fact very little is transported via highway. Valdez also has an Airport large enough to land cargo planes. Most of the cities in Southeast Alaska do not have highway access, including the state capitol in Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka and Petersburg. The entire State is geared around communities that are accessible only by boat or by air. These avalanches are only a minor inconvinience to the people in Valdez. This is the perfect example of the media trying to make the news rather than reporting on it.

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orvilcracker January 27 2014 at 2:19 PM

Just where in the hell do you think they ars going to go?

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naojf22936 orvilcracker January 27 2014 at 2:31 PM

Ars?????......you mean are. If rescued they will go where ever there is space for them. And, they are not in hell......they are in Alaska.

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Tim January 27 2014 at 2:29 PM

I have been to Valdez....there is no way the population is 40,000

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Cole January 27 2014 at 2:42 PM

The City of Valdez, population 4,353, is located in South Central Alaska on the northeast tip of Prince William Sound. On the road system, Valdez is 305 road miles east of Anchorage, and 364 road miles south of Fairbanks. It lies at approximately 61.130830° North Latitude and -146.34833° West Longitude. The City encompasses 222.0 square miles of land and 55.1 square miles of water.

The City was founded just prior to the turn of the 20th century as a gateway to the “All-American Route” to interior gold and copper fields. Incorporated since 1901, the community’s first hundred years have been marked by a number of significant events the most notable of which are the 1964 Alaska Earthquake, being chosen as the terminus of the trans-Alaska Pipeline and the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.

Vision for the City of Valdez
Capitalizing on the intrinsic qualities of our area and its people; create a place our grandchildren will be proud to call home

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krguy2006 January 27 2014 at 11:25 PM

Just another in our great State of Alaska. If they need help all true Alaska People will
be there to help them.

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bobtrain January 27 2014 at 2:50 PM

Does anyone understand that there are other modes of transportation than their car on a road? There are boats and airplanes that serve Valdez regularly and more can be added, Why evacuate? Have any of you been to Valdez? I have, and I think these people know how to cope or they wouldn't live there. Its the outsiders who are afraid for them, knowing little about their way of life or situation.

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