Searchers find body of city official who died in landslide

26 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

3 lost in Alaska avalanche assumed dead.

Search crews recovered a body from the Kramer Avenue landslide in Sitka, The victim has not been identified. “A development team and city laborer were all in the zone and we haven’t found them yet”.

I also write from a father’s perspective whose own two sons have a heavy heart as these fabulous Diaz brothers were close, close friends, to include having one of them in my older son’s wedding. Tuesday, a Sitka spokeswoman corrected the number of missing people to three and listed their names as William Stortz, 62, Elmer Diaz, 26, and Ulises Diaz, 25. Teams once again are focusing their full attention on recovering the remains of William Stortz, Sitka’s municipal building official, who was caught in last Tuesday’s slide while inspecting drainage.

Sitka Fire Chief Dave Miller reports that a group of corpse puppies from Juneau drove searchers to a sweatshirt on the west side of the slide, and hence to the body. Rivera says he played basketball and football with both brothers. “I’ve lived here a long time, and I can’t remember anything like this happening”, he said. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

The slide in that area destroyed one of the new homes entirely, and damaged another. “This type of landslide is typical for Alaska, especially our communities that are in our mountainous regions”, Jeremy Zidek of the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said. The majority of earth and debris on the hillside have already come down, so there’s not much left to conjure up another landslide, which would have put the folks searching at even more risk. There is so much more to do as well, in the clean up of such a horrific event in Sitka where we have had at least seven mudslides around the community.

The Gary Paxton Industrial Park Administration Building is surrounded by rain water, mud and debris after landslides Tuesday, August 18, 2015 in Sitka, Alaska. He was welcomed by the entirety of the friends and family that gathered at the church, which was the central gathering point for the massive volunteer effort. His coverage has been thoughtful, respectful and compassionate in a moment of difficult times for the families, the friends, the community and inside my own world with my sons hurting.

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