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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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thuff31564 January 28 2014 at 12:44 PM

Does this remind you of those african tribes living in the desert where only sand survives? If you live in the areas that are remote and intolorable to live maybe you should not live there? Or at least have enough to prepare for the worst of disasters?

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jcsdaad January 29 2014 at 1:04 PM

Actually, no. Valdez is not remote, nor intolerable. Tenuously connected to the road system, yes, since the only road out of town goes up a narrow canyon and over a mt pass. But this is only a problem or an inconvenience when a natural disaster like this happens. Valdez is still very accessible to the rest of AK by plane or Ak state ferry. And this isn't really a disaster, unless the Lowe River floods downstream into the two subdivisions of homes along the river. Valdez itself is not in any danger since it is not on the Lowe River.

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endmillll January 28 2014 at 10:17 AM

If worse comes too worse the military has choppers that can get then in or out.

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Jeanne January 28 2014 at 9:55 AM

I would hunker down if I was there - won't be fun, but a week isn't much.

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pucpaul January 28 2014 at 9:36 AM

These folks aren't endangered, just unlucky.

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Buzz January 28 2014 at 9:10 AM

Yellow Journalism .......

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riab333 January 28 2014 at 9:08 AM

Journalism run amuck. Valdez is a port city, a very busy port city. It's the end of the Alaskan Pipeline and tankers, ferries, and boats of all sorts come/go all year long. Car ferry service runs all year long to Whittier to the west, which directly connects by road to Anchorage. Look at a map, Fox News.

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jay love January 28 2014 at 8:43 AM

Kinda shoots those Global Warming fruit-cakes like Al ***** in the foot when you see strories like this with 30 foot avalances and the whole country in freeze conditions?

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squirmer77678 January 28 2014 at 9:24 AM

The avalanches are being caused by unseasonably warm temps in SW Alaska, about 12 degrees higher than usual, causing heavy rain instead of snow to fall, dislodging snow packs. While Alaska is 12 degrees too high, the Eastern US is well below average. All that is caused by displacement of the Jet Stream, which in turn has been caused by Climate Change: Specifically the increase of Pacific Ocean temps (by almost 2 degrees). Then, as the oceans and atmosphere circulates, all that energy reaches continents, mountain ranges, and the Arctic Ocean... causing extreme weather both colder and hotter. The phenomenon in Alaska is very likely a result of Climate Change. To assume otherwise is naive logic.

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shrk2th January 28 2014 at 9:31 AM

Obviously you do not know what global warming is about.

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MaryAnne January 28 2014 at 8:25 AM

I've been to Valdez, fortunately not in the winter and I can understand how they could be marooned...must be scary for the people who live there. Beautiful country for sure, but totally cut off without their roadways. I wonder can the ferries run in the sound? Not too much ice?

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arlyn.jones January 28 2014 at 1:18 PM

The ferry system routinely goes between Valdez, Cordova, and Whittier and they've ramped up their schedule to cover increased travel now that the road is closed. Valdez is the northernmost ice free port, so we're in good shape. Plus, the skies have been clear and the planes have been getting in 2-3 times per day as scheduled. All of our regularly scheduled road supplies are coming in via barge, we're in pretty good shape overall!

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no7mk1 January 28 2014 at 8:18 AM

So...where are those ice road trucker imbeciles when you need them....they can drive through anything...according to the show (uh huh)...

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jrivas2956 January 28 2014 at 8:21 AM

Perfect, LOL Especially that fat pig crybaby huey.

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jlcfenton January 28 2014 at 7:28 AM

This article is very typically Fox. Valdez is a port city. It is where the oil tankers fill up with pipeline oil. There is no real danger unless the city were to be buried..highly unlikely. When is Fox going to quit sensationalizing? Ever?..ps unrelated: Valdez is a port city because Canada would NOT let us build a pipeline thru their country. They did not want to threaten their environment with any Keystone like disasters.

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jay love January 28 2014 at 8:41 AM

the article is just fine you bone-head, and nothing wrong with Fox news either. they gave a decent account of the situation in Valdez without bringing up a bunch of hog-waddle as you tried to do in your whinning post? the story is a simple one and has nothing to do with Canada, pipe-lines, running oil anywhere, or threatening enviroments and certainly has nothing to do with the Keystone developement, of which Obummer would be jumping all over to approve if not for looking bad to his small base of hippies? Fox did a fine job on the article!!

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shrk2th January 28 2014 at 9:33 AM

Fox not facts.

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norhazg January 28 2014 at 8:43 AM

How is just reporting the news sensational? Just because Fox reported it?? How about MSNBC , bet thats your favorite news site huh???

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