Repair work to the Herring Cove Trail performed by USFS crews this spring and summer held up well during last weekend’s (Aug 9-10, 2014) deluge. The unseasonably wet storm dumped nearly six inches of rain, sending torrents of water down the falls alongside the trail. Last January after brief thaw an ice dam burst in the snow pack above the trail. The resulting flood, known by the Icelandic term jökulhlaup, was diverted by a fallen tree, blasting the stream out of its channel. Subsequent heavy rains did further damage to short sections of the trail. But thanks to the efforts of spontaneous volunteer workers like Cassidy Foster and Skyler Walk, the rebuilt trail is a little more scenic than the old. The pair lined a short section of trail with a beautiful stone curb.
Today (09-02-15) , a state team sat down with Sitkans affected by last month’s landslides. Now that Governor Bill Walker has declared a disaster, new lines of relief funds are available for the next 60 days. Six staff with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and one state geologist will be in Sitka for two days, to walk city officials and citizens through the process of procuring disaster aid. more