Mudslides, Washouts Close Alaska Highway

Mudslides and washouts caused by heavy rains and snowmelt have stranded passengers along the Alaska Highway on Friday and the road could remain closed into the weekend.

The Alaska Highway is the main route between Alaska, Canada and the Lower 48, and between Interior Alaska and the Alaska Marine Highway terminals in Haines and Skagway.

In Western Yukon, The Alaska Highway is closed between Haines Junction and Destruction Bay because of a mudslide at the south end of Kluane Lake.

Yukon highway officials are advising travelers to stay in the communities they are at until the roads are reopened. That means hotels in places like Haines Junction and Whitehorse are scrambling to find room for motorists. Mary Anne Brough owns the Conttonwood RV park in Destruction Bay and said several travelers are stuck there an extra day.

She said there was heavy rain overnight, but the weather was clearing Friday.

In Haines Junction, Clint McCuaig with the Alcan Moto Inn said a few travelers were travelling to Whitehorse to hook up with the only other road into Alaska.

The longer and less traveled Top of the World route connects Dawson City, Yukon to Tok, Alaska.

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