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Breaking: Six missing in Haines after major landslide

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A landslide on the Beach Road extension in Haines has resulted in six people unaccounted for and four houses destroyed, according to Capital City Fire and Rescue.

There is approximately nine feet of mud and trees covering the area, according to Alaska State Troopers. Search and rescue operations have been suspended for the evening due to “rumbling unstable ground.”

Juneau-based Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Alaska State Troopers, Juneau Mountain Rescue, SEADOGS, and Capital City Fire Department medics will be departing Thursday morning on an Army Guard helicopter for Haines to assist in coordinating search and rescue efforts.

Severe turbulence is preventing the Guard helicopter from conducting operations. The Alaska Wildlife Trooper vessel Enforcer has been diverted to assist and should arrive tomorrow midday. 

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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