Anchorage Mayor Bronson declares disaster in Eagle River avalanche

On Saturday, Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson issued an emergency disaster declaration for the avalanche that crashed around the 2400 block of Hiland Drive.

“In order to protect the lives and property of residents affected by the avalanche on Hiland Road, I have issued a disaster declaration to ensure that all municipal resources are utilized and ready to be deployed,” said the Mayor Dave Bronson. “Our top priority remains the safety of our friends and neighbors in the region. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time.

Mayor Bronson also added, “I have also requested state assistance from Governor Mike Dunleavy to assist us in our response efforts.”

APD was alerted to the avalanche which rolled down the slope adjacent to Hiland Road in the Eagle River neighborhood at 1:15 a.m., covering approximately 300-450 wide and 60-80+ feet deep. Officers covered the area on foot and by drone to ensure no homes were affected by the event.

The Anchorage Fire Department, Matsu Search and Rescue, Solstice Dogs, Alaska Mountain Rescue, DOT and Municipal Street Maintenance responded to the scene with ODA.

There is no indication that anyone was a victim of the slip.

Clearing the snow is expected to take days and authorities have advised the public to avoid the area and avoid crossing the avalanche as there is a danger of unstable snow.

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