Earthquake policies usually cover landslides, while flood policies usually cover mudflows. But they’re usually separate additions to regular property insurance.
High winds, flooding and landslides caused moderate to severe damage in communities across Southeast Alaska Wednesday, as an atmospheric river stalled over the region and brought record-breaking rain.
The Haines Borough requested helicopter backup from the Coast Guard and National Guard. Locals took out boats to help.
City workers are working to clean up mudslides and mitigate flooding in several parts of Juneau.
Officials are studying whether the existing path of the park’s 92-mile road can be spared from a creeping landslide. Scientists say it could be a preview of Denali’s future as permafrost thaws.
Heavy rains returned to the region this month, triggering a large mudslide on the Haines Highway last weekend. Now the Alaska Earthquake Center says seismic activity may have also played a role.
A mudslide blocked the road near mile 21 of the Glacier highway Friday. A DOT spokesman said there could be more slides as the rainy season progresses.
Some vehicles on Highway 58 were covered by mud that was 6 feet deep. Luckily, there were no reports of injuries or deaths.
The Haines Highway is blocked because of mudslides this afternoon after a couple days of heavy rainfall. According to highway residents, there are four slides between 18 and 21 mile that have made the road impassable.
The service is forecasting up to 6 inches of rain by late Tuesday night, causing rapid rises on rivers and streams.