Two lane traffic has been restored on Rezanof Drive West between the Coast Guard Base and Bells Flats. Five slides from Old Woman’s Mountain blocked traffic for several hours this morning.
Meanwhile in town, a small slide off of Pillar Mountain blocked Rezanof on the town side of Pier 2, causing traffic to be diverted to Shelikof Street.
Deb Marlar, the Kodiak City Clerk, is the spokesperson for Kodiak Area Emergency Services. She says a number of areas in town are being restricted to local resident traffic only, and other streets are having problems as well.
“Problem areas are Fulp Drive, Cope Street, Alder-Natalia, High Street and Lightfoot Avenue areas, Hillside Drive, Selief Lane, Mozart Circle.”
A landslide washed several yards of mud and gravel down Alder Lane from above Hillside Drive at about 3 a.m. Some of it washed into the intersection with Rezanof Drive at the traffic signal.
“There was some concern bout the homes there. The residents were contacted and urged to evacuate. I think they chose to stay in place. At 0530, Bob Green with the Department of Transportation reported six slides between Lash Dock and Pier 2.”
Cope Street is another of the steep and crowded areas overlooking the Kodiak waterfront that is having slide issues, according to Marlar.
“There is a report of some sliding on Cope Street that is affecting one of the houses there. Crews are working to control the flooding and divert the flowing water. They’re clearing debris as fast as they can. They are working to minimize the traffic in the problem areas. Police officers and perhaps fire officers are going door-to-door to inform folks and encourage them to evacuate.”
Marlar says the Red Cross and school district have been put on alert in the event that emergency shelters are needed.
Earlier, the school district reported that two buses full of students were stranded in Bell’s Flats until State DOT opened the road back to town. Eider House Bed and Breakfast offered on Facebook to open its doors to any students who were stranded because their parents had made it into town before the landslides closed the road.
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