Troopers say local residents have been unable to search for Nicholas Garner, who is still missing, due to a winter storm. Search efforts will resume once the storm clears.
From a group of volunteers working to salvage a woman’s home to a hotel reopening to offer a safe place to stay, the people of Haines are showing they can lean on each other.
Joe Aultman-Moore was sitting in his cabin in Haines last Wednesday when a large landslide swept through several neighboring houses. Aultman-Moore spoke with KHNS about what he saw during his rescue from the slide area.
“We didn’t open this summer,” said the Hotel Halsingland’s owner. “But I guess we’re opening this winter instead.”
Snow, ice and then rain complicated the efforts in Haines of city and state crews that have been working to clear roads of landslides and debris, because most of them spent the morning clearing snow before they could get to work.
State geologists on Saturday said the ground was too unstable and recommended that search crews stay away from the slide zone.
Two teams searched debris that washed onto miles of shoreline north of the slide. Juneau Mountain Rescue and two dog teams stand by at the slide site, waiting for the green light from geologists to begin the land search.
Dozens more homes in Haines were evacuated Thursday night as rain continued to saturate the mountainsides near residential neighborhoods.
Four of the six people thought to be missing on Wednesday were accounted for Thursday morning. But Beach Road residents Jenae Larson and David Simmons have been missing since Wednesday afternoon’s mudslide.
Searchers will continue to look Thursday for two people still missing after a large landslide rumbled through a residential area on Beach Road residential area in Haines Wednesday afternoon, destroying at least four houses, Alaska State Troopers said.