Crews begin cleaning up ‘monster’ Alaskan landslide

Crews used heavy machinery to clear a landslide in Seward, Alaska on May 9, officials said. Footage released by the Seward city office showed a Metco Alaska excavator working at the scene Monday morning, the office said, noting the situation was “weak at best.” It was the first day of road clearance since the landslide on May 7. “While creating a ramp to allow the excavator to get higher up the slide, they maintain a trench between the rig and the mountainside for the debris to fall into. The area remains very unstable, as you can see,” the office wrote on Facebook. The city said Monday it was making “good progress” with the landslide. Virtual assessments suggested crews were carrying “more than” 40,000 cubic meters of debris from the “monstrous landslide should clear up, public information officer Brenda Ballou told local media. Officials estimate that a “few hundred” people living or camping in Lowell Point were cut off by the landslide. According to reports, water taxis carried supplies to the cut-off area. City of Seward Clerk’s Office via Storyful

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