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Gov. Dunleavy declares disaster for Haines slides

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Updated with names of missing

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has declared a disaster for the Haines area.

A signed disaster declaration will be issued shortly, he said, which will release more resources and assistance, following a massive storm that led to floods, landslides, broken and impassible roads, and the possible loss of two lives over the past 48 hours. It appears that a few houses have been wiped out by a landslide, with two people still missing. Several roads and streets are impassible.

The two individuals who are still missing and presumed lost are Jenae Larson and David Simmons. Larson is a kindergarten teacher in Haines and Larson is the executive director of the Haines Economic Development Corporation.

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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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  • Prayers for those still unaccounted for and their families.

  • ????????????

  • Jenae Larson is the missing teacher. David Simmons is the missing Haines Economic Development director.

  • Just trying to distract from his horrendous mismanagement of Covid response.

    DOJ getting ready to file on that big Turkey. Hope he gets to do time in Goose Creek. Would serve him right.

    • “his horrendous mismanagement of Covid response.”…….Um, what?

      • You know it’s true. More PFD for the rest of us. Go out and have a drink in the valley. I’m buying 😉

    • Alaska’s Covid fatality rate is the 2nd lowest of all the 50 states.

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