Heavy rainfall causes flooding and prompts evacuation in Douglas area
Several people in the Douglas area near downtown Juneau evacuated their homes early Sunday morning due to storm floods.
The Juneau Police Department says flooding was reported near John Street and Peters Lane in Douglas. People also reported flooding and mud inside their homes.
"There is a [washout] on Thane Road, near Mt. Roberts, that is blocking the roadway," JPD wrote in a Facebook post. "A tree has also fallen over onto the roadway."
Juneau police dispatch said evacuation is voluntary for people near John Street and Peters Lane. Police dispatch said multiple agencies including the American Red Cross of Alaska were on the scene Sunday morning.
Capital City Fire/Rescue is advising people who live on a hillside to check emergency supplies and to pack items in case they are notified to leave.
"We are getting lots of wind and rain," CCFR wrote on Facebook. "The ground is saturated right now and conditions are prime for mudslides."
CCFR says the Department of Transportation reported water and mud across Thane Road. Roads are closed and only local traffic is allowed as DOT works to clear the area.
On Sunday afternoon, fire and rescue said small mudslides had been reported in the area.
"There is no emergency occurring and the storm is dissipating," they wrote. "These small slides occur every fall all across our community with the heavy rains."
Fire and rescue says at least one structure was damaged and that there may have been a possible heating oil spill.
Red Cross of Alaska has set up a shelter at the Resurrection Lutheran Church at 740 West 10th Street in Juneau.
A flood advisory remains in effect for the area through 10 p.m. Sunday due to the heavy rainfall. Since late Friday night, the airport officially recorded over an inch and a half of rain, with other areas of town seeing up to 6 inches of rain. Because of this and poor drainage areas, flooding occurred in the region.
The system also brought some gusty winds, as peak wind gusts were near 50 mph early Sunday morning.
Rain has since ended, with drier conditions expected through the coming days. While this will help conditions dry out somewhat, heavier rain is expected by the middle of the week into the weekend. This will not only lead to the potential for more flooding, but mountainous areas could see mudslides over the coming days.
KTVA Meteorologist Aaron Morrison contributed to this report.
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