CORDOVA, Alaska — Cordova City officials say since record breaking snow has now turned into heavy rain, flooding and avalanches are now their major concern as a state of emergency continued in the Prince William Sound community Sunday.
More than 70 Alaska National Guardsmen arrived in Cordova Sunday evening. It is the first time in a "long time" where the state emergency operation center has requested the National Guard to assist a community in a disaster, said Maj. Gen. Thomas Katkus at a press briefing Sunday.
"Wherever the incident commander sees the greatest need where our soldiers and our airmen can participate in helping out that community," said Katkus.
A barge with snow removal and melting equipment is also en route to the community and should arrive by midnight Sunday, according to John Madden, director of Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
The latest avalanche happened Sunday afternoon just after 12:00. City officials say the slide came down at mile five, but did not cause damage or injuries. According to the city's Facebook page the Copper River Highway 5.5 mile loop road has reopened. Whitshed Road also remained open, while the Power Creek Highway into Davis Island remained closed.