Six people in Haines, Alaska, went missing on Wednesday after heavy rains and flooding that caused a landslide.
Alekka Fullerton, Haines’ interim administrator of the town, is about 92 miles north of Juneau, says some houses have become uninhabitable. “One side of the hill collapsed and the Beach Road has also become inaccessible,” Fullerton says. The authorities were unable to get to several people who lived there.
The U.S. Coast Guard, the Alaska National Guard and Alaska State Soldiers are helping with a search and rescue operation. As of Wednesday evening, about 30 people had been evacuated from the landslide area. The local emergency operations center asks contractors to help find heavy equipment to clear the debris from the road. “The probability of additional mud flows and landslides within the next 24 hours is high,” the local authorities add.
According to Fullerton, due to the expected increase in rainfall and risks, the search for the night was limited. Rescuers have increased their efforts since morning, but so far the missing have not been found.