Update: Anchorage lifts evacuation order for avalanche area

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An evacuation order for people living in about 100 homes near an Anchorage suburb over fears of a second avalanche have been lifted.

    The Municipality of Anchorage late Sunday said mitigation efforts to bring down the remaining snowpack on a mountain near Eagle River were successful.

    The task of removing snow from a major roadway was to begin Monday. Snow removal could take up to two weeks.

    About half a mountain’s snowpack came down in an avalanche late Thursday. The Anchorage Office of Emergency Management says the slide is up to 450 feet wide and up to 80 feet deep.

    Mitigation efforts to bring down the remaining snowpack included explosives placed by helicopters.

     

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