Welcome to Juneau. Alaska's Avalanche Capital.

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?

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