Monday, January 9, 2012

Cordova gets help digging out from huge snow dump, Alaska

DISASTER: Buildings collapse, avalanche closes road to airport.

The fishing town of Cordova is used to dealing with excessive snow -- but not like this. Residents have turned to the state to help them dig out of massive snow depths that have collapsed roofs, triggered avalanches and even covered doors, trapping some people in their homes.

"There's nowhere to go with the snow because it's piled up so high," said Wendy Rainney, who owns the Orca Adventure Lodge. A storage building for the lodge -- which offers fishing trips, hiking, kayaking and glacier tours -- partially collapsed under the weight of the snow, she said.

"This is more quantity than can be handled."

The Alaska National Guard reported more than 18 feet of snow has fallen on Cordova in the past weeks, although the National Weather Service did not immediately have a measurement. Read More