"Massive rock slide"
February 10, 2009
Ketchikan, Alaska - The Alaska Department of Transportation
and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) responsed to what was described
as "a massive rock slide" that blocked North Tongass
Highway in Ketchikan. The slide, which occurred about 8 a.m.
Tuesday, is located at the five mile marker.
slide" closes highway
Photograph by JIM LEWIS
The rockslide Tuesday morning closed both lanes of traffic for
There were no injuries reported
in the incident, but a house located above the slide remains
close to a slope's edge. According to Nick Farstad of DOT&PF,
the house is not in danger of falling onto the road.
A local contractor was contacted
to assist the DOT&PF maintenance and operations crew with
clearing the road to make it passable. The Ketchikan Police Department
and Alaska State Troopers also responded.
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