The Latest on Alaska landslides: Search for bodies resumes

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Posted: Aug 20, 2015 1:36 PM
The Latest on Alaska landslides: Search for bodies resumes

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The latest on the deadly landslide in Sitka, Alaska (all times local).

9:30 a.m.

The search has resumed in an Alaska coastal town for the two remaining men believed killed when an avalanche of mud and trees barreled down a mountain and into a construction site.

In all, six landslides swept over Sitka on Tuesday after 2 1/2 inches of rain fell in 24 hours, and two adult brothers and a city building inspector were reported missing. One body was found Wednesday evening in or near a home that was under construction, but it hasn't been identified.

Jeremy Zidek, spokesman for the state homeland security department, says search dogs returned to the area early Thursday.

On Wednesday, a geologist walked up 1,400 feet to get a better view of the entire slide. Zidek he says the survey found a majority of the debris in the landslide trough has already come down, lessening concerns about another slide.

However, rain fell overnight, and Zidek says the geologist will have to re-examine the area.

He says Sitka is expecting more heavy rains into the weekend, which could further complicate search efforts.