Avalanche activity reported in urban paths

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Avalanche activity occurred in Juneau Tuesday night.

    We received a tip that a person heard the noise at about 11:30 p.m.

    CBJ Emergency Programs Manager Tom Mattice confirmed that a medium-size avalanche did come down in the Behrends Avenue Avalanche path.

    "What's interesting is that it actually started in an adjacent path and it was caught by the diagonal gully that feeds across the base of Behrends and so the pile ended up in the Behrends path, although this particular area  I would not traditionally say is where I would classify as the Behrends starting zone.

     He says all of the Behrends Path still remains there. . Tuesday night's slide stopped short of houses, so he says there's still danger lingering there.

    Mattice said there was also a wall to wall avalanche that occurred Tuesday in the White Subdivision that came down within 150 feet of houses
    In the meantime, avalanche risk in Juneau was lowered from High to Considerable today, and Mattice was asked about the change.  "Moisture rates have decreased a little bit which should slow the activity up a little bit, but with above freezing temperatures around the region we're still going to see continued wet, loose avalanche activity and the potential for wet slab avalanche activity."



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