Record snowfall. National Guard called in.
Dozens of National Guard troops arrived in Cordova on Sunday to help the small Alaskan fishing community dig out after weeks of record snowfall collapsed roofs, trapped some people in their homes, triggered avalanches, and left the beleaguered town buried in more than 18 feet of snow.
The town issued a disaster proclamation last week after three weeks of relentless snow overwhelmed local crews working around the clock and filled snow dump sites.
With snowdrifts reaching 12 to 14 feet high, at least three buildings have collapsed or partially collapsed and six homes are deemed severely stressed by heavy wet snow, officials said.
The state is coordinating with private companies to supply front-end loaders and other heavy equipment.
More snow is expected Tuesday morning.
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