By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel Reporter 

Clearing work continues at slide; fundraising grows to help families


December 7, 2023

Jordan Buness / Wrangell Volunteer Fire Department

U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officers provided critical support as searchers looked for Derek Keller, 12, still missing from the Nov. 20 landslide. The Alaska Department of Transportation estimates that almost 270 feet of slide debris spilled out into the intertidal zone.

WRANGELL - Response to the deadly landslide continues, with extensive clearing work to remove debris from along the highway to increase safety and with fundraising for families affected by the disaster, particularly the Heller and Florschutz families that lost loved ones.

More than $43,000 from 342 donations had been raised in a GoFundMe campaign for the two families as of Monday, Dec. 4.

Almost $20,000 had been raised in another account to help families who were displaced or whose lives were disrupted by the Nov. 20 landslide at 11-Mile Zimovia Highway.

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