Emergency response crews plan to continue search and recovery operations at the site of the Kramer Avenue landslide today, once it’s determined that the area is safe enough for workers and equipment.
Three people are still missing after heavy rain triggered a series of landslides in Sitka Tuesday morning. Governor Bill Walker plans to be in the city Wednesday to visit the affected areas.
The City and Borough of Sitka has declared a state of emergency after heavy rain triggered at least three different mudslides this morning, including one on Kramer Avenue that has damaged at least one house. Four people are confirmed missing in the incident.
That’s significantly less than the 7,000 gallons feared on Sunday. By Monday evening (8-17-15), much of the spill had been cleaned up or dispersed, and officials were hoping that a storm would help finish it off.
A storage tank at Sitka’s Jarvis Street Diesel Plant failed over the weekend, spilling an estimated 4,000 to 7,000 gallons of diesel into Sitka Sound near the mouth of Indian River.
A fire on Saturday night (8-3-15) destroyed a Sitka trailer home, but all three occupants escaped unhurt. The blaze was apparently sparked by fireworks.
Sitka School Board President Lon Garrison is stepping down, after eight years on the board and five as its head. He’ll be moving to Juneau to take a position with the Association of Alaska School Boards.
Cass Pook and Ed Gray have filed to run for the Sitka School Board. Matt Hunter will run for a second term on the Sitka Assembly. The candidate filing deadline is Friday, August 7.
Sitka will likely take over management of the Halibut Point State Recreation Area. But that doesn’t mean the city is happy about it.
Raven News will broadcast the meeting live, as usual. There is also a livestream available on the city website.