Cordova Digs out of Extreme Snowfall

Cordova has been buried under 172 inches of snow since November, that's about 14 feet.


by Megan Mazurek

Cordova has been buried under 172 inches of snow since November, that's about 14 feet.
The Alaska Department of Transportation says there have been no reports of injury, but the snowstorm resulted in the collapse or partial-collapse of 3 buildings and 6 homes severely stressed by snow.
Some people were temporarily trapped in their homes due to an avalanche that blocked access of the Copper River Highway.
Today is a critical day for about 50 Alaska National Guard members to help in clearing roofs, roads and boats thanks to clear weather.
The most recent rainfall compacted the snowfall from 59 to 47 inches.
Copper River Seafoods building is 1 of 3 roofs that collapsed. The roof of the two story building collapsed on Friday. Officials say they're not sure if there's any damage to the first floor where at least 20 boats from the company and community are stored. Officials say there is an estimated value of $2 million dollars in the building. The company sent staff to the community over the weekend to assess the damage and attempt to remove the heavy wet snow. The company is putting the staff's safety first and attempting to move equipment to secure the area and protect the fishing fleet.

According to press release from the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs:
After experiencing extreme and excessive snowfall the City of Cordova has issued a Disaster Declaration requesting the state provide assistance with shelter operation, emergency management staff, laborers, snow removal equipment, and additional heavy equipment operators. The City of Cordova has activated their Emergency Operations Center to deal with impassable streets, potential roof collapses, avalanches across major highways, closure of businesses, and potential loss of critical infrastructure.
Avalanches in populated areas and collapsing roofs are the primary areas of concern. The storm that impacted Cordova also deposited large amounts of snow in Valdez and Yakutat.
Access to Cordova’s airport was temporarily blocked by avalanches. Snow removal crews reestablishing access at 1:10 today. The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities reports the airport is clear of snow and available for aircraft.
The National Weather Service forecast additional snow fall throughout the weekend.

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Weathergirl907 said on Wednesday, Jan 11 at 5:20 PM

There has not been 18 feet of snow over the past few weeks. Get your numbers right. I would recommend NWS

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