No injuries after landslide knocks power in Juneau neighborhood

Landslide knocks power out for parts of Juneau
Published: Sep. 26, 2022 at 7:26 PM AKDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2022 at 8:22 AM AKDT
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JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) - A small landslide has knocked out power in parts of Juneau and Douglas Island.

The public has been asked to not come within a block of the slide area to ensure safety.

The landslide, which struck around 6:20 p.m. Monday, damaged two homes along Gastineau Avenue and the Red Cross offered assistance to some homeowners, according to a news release from the City and Borough of Juneau.

“There’s a few homes in the affected area that don’t have power, most everything else has got power back on,” Juneau Emergency Programs Manager Tom Mattice said.

Mattice said Monday that a local hillside assessment will be done Tuesday to decide when crews can access the area to get power restored to the remaining homes on the block.

A spokesperson with Alaska Electric Light and Power said Tuesday morning that crews have not yet been allowed to fix the affected lines due to the potential for more slides, as the area is butted against a steep mountainside.

“We’ve had a small landslide. We’ve evacuated a few homes,” Mattice said. “We’re evaluating the area for further hazards. We’re determining the area of evacuation for the night and we’re dealing with the current situation. Nobody’s hurt and we’re okay from this point.” He said that it’s pretty much a rain and wind event, but it’s a big storm.

“Juneau has a lot of historic landslides. This is one of them. We have a lot of homes in areas that see steep drainage mudslides, and people should be aware that we’re getting a lot of rain and things tend to move, fall especially,” Mattice said.

No injuries have been reported.

Streets are closed surrounding the slide area and affected residents have been asked to evacuate, according to the release.

Support from the Red Cross is available to those impacted by the landslide and evacuation order. Those seeking assistance should contact the Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767.

According to Alaska Electric Light and Power, power is back for all areas except the downtown area affected by the landslide.

Alaska Electric Light and Power reported the outage initially at 6:10 p.m.

AEL&P reported on their social media accounts that they were responding to the area near Downtown Juneau to attempt to fix the outage.

“We hope to have power restored to Douglas, North Douglas and most of Downtown and Thane within the next hour or so,” the post said.

This is a developing story. check back later for updates.