Sitka scrambles to act after finding moderate landslide risk

    SITKA, Alaska (AP) — Sitka officials are working on public safety issues after finding one area of the city is at risk for a landslide.

    The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports that a Seattle-based geotechnical consulting firm released a report Monday that some areas of Sitka, including an elementary school, may contain landslide hazard zones.

    City staff has asked the firm, Shannon & Wilson, for a proposal for a more detailed study of the areas as well as the area above Sitka High School, including possible mitigation steps.

    Last year Sitka suffered a massive landslide that left three people dead and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars of property damage.

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