In 1962, more than 30 homes were damaged in an avalanche in a Juneau subdivision. In 2008, a huge set of avalanches severed the town’s connection to its biggest source of hydroelectricity. And just this winter, city officials went door-to-door in the Behrends Neighborhood telling people to evacuate their homes during unprecedented avalanche conditions.
How did Juneau develop into a city with what some experts have called “unacceptable” risk for urban avalanches?
Decades of studies have pointed to the very real possibility of a big, destructive slide in this Juneau neighborhood’s future. But a mix of personal choices and policy decisions keeps people in at-risk areas.Listen →