Rainfall sets record and brings landslide


August 17, 2023

Photo courtesy of Brian Richards

DOT's Sunday morning highway inspection discovered the landslide obstructing Mitkof Highway at 27 mile.

Mitkof Island experienced record breaking rainfall on Saturday, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Petersburg recorded 3.09 inches of rain, surpassing the previous August 12 record of 2.15 inches back in 1961, marking the highest amount for that day since records began in 1924.

The rainfall sent a landslide across the road at 27 mile Mitkof Highway. The swath measured an estimated 100 feet wide and 20 feet deep, including 6 to 8 feet of mud plus heaped trees and debris, according to Barry Youngberg of the Alaska DOT.

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