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September 7, 2017

Landslide blocks Alaska highway

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — A landslide in Sitka left mud, trees and debris blocking the highway, the road that links the city's downtown with the ferry terminal and Old Sitka Dock, and several homes.

The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports no one was injured and there was no property damage from the slide, which struck around noon on Labor Day. The highway was closed for about 10 hours as the Department of Transportation and crews worked to clear it for traffic.

A makeshift system of volunteers went into effect to help transport people who had to get to or from the cruise ship dock and the Marine Highway dock. Cars headed outbound on Halibut Point Road were advised by the flagger at the landslide to go back to Centennial Hall where information was provided.

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