On Sunday morning, no one in Cordova was spending a leisurely day at home. Residents grabbed their shovels and headed to the sidewalks, roofs and front yards to clear the mounds of snow, some reaching two stories high.
Several buildings around town collapsed, including a roof at the Orca Adventure Lodge. Staff say the ceiling had been holding up well since it was built in 1945, but the latest round of rain added too much weight to handle. Several small boats and vehicles were damaged.
Volunteers from the Coast Guard pitched in to help out elderly residents who weren't able to shovel. Members from the National Guard are on their way by ferry to help with the work.
Police closed the Copper River Highway at 5pm Saturday because of the high avalanche danger. Many residents in the area evacuated. The snow broke around 11:30am and came down the mountainside, but did not affect the roadway. Officers have opened all lanes.
Many residents say this is the most snow they can ever remember in Cordova's history. They're referring to it as "Snowmageddon", and after the rain, "Slop-pocolypse." And say with all the work being done around town, residents are having their very own, "Shovelpalooza."