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 in 2021, 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?
PRODUCED BY PAIGE SPARKS, RASHAH McCHESNEY, & ANDRÉS JAVIER CAMACHO