Mudslide activity would threaten road

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2006

The recent mudslide and flooding conditions up north again are a vivid reminder of what can be a certain problem on the "road to nowhere."

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In my 88 years of living in Juneau, I have witnessed the results of this type of activity and have to say that it's scary.

I often get asked why mudslides with rocks and trees do not get as much attention as snow avalanches, and the answer is quite simple. Huge plumes of snow sailing in the air seem to draw more attention than dirty mud. Nevertheless, the impact can be just as deadly. The 14 lives lost on South Franklin Street in 1936 give a picture of what could happen.

Dean Williams


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