Florschutz survives after landslide traps her overnight


November 30, 2023

Caroleine James/Wrangell Sentinel

From her hospital bed on Nov. 24, Christina Florschutz demonstrates how she pulled pajama bottoms that she found in the debris over her legs, arms and head to keep warm. Her house was destroyed in the landslide, and after spending the night in the wreckage, she was rescued the morning of Nov. 21.

WRANGELL - Christina Florschutz, an aide at Evergreen Elementary School, survived the 11-Mile landslide killed at least four people Nov. 20 - even after debris destroyed her home and trapped her overnight.

The evening of the slide, Florschutz went upstairs to take a shower. After she got out, she heard "a horrible noise, a very loud noise."

Before she could react, the landslide slammed into her house, tossing her "like a piece of weightless popcorn" around the room until she lost consciousness.

When she woke up, she was trapped between the roof of her house and a pile of debris. It was dark, r...

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