This page is dedicated to news and updates regarding the repair/reconstruction of the South Thorne Bay/Kasaan Road section that was effected by the massive landslide that occured on January 1, 2019.
Road is OPEN
Good news folks, the road will be open this afternoon! Thank you to everyone for your patience & understanding! As the road repairs continue in the next few weeks you can expect delays during the day & flaggers will be on site. Please share! Thank You! Thank You, Sara Yockey Landslide IC Cell (907) 617-9970
LANDSLIDE UPDATE FROM OVK
The Organized Village of Kasaan (OVK) was successful in obtaining funds through the Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads Program (ERFO). The request has been submitted for a Quick Release of funds for immediate repairs to the Kasaan Road for restoring essential travel. In order to acquire the additional funds awarded a Damage Survey Report (DSR) will be completed and submitted for approval. The DSR will detail the scope of work to be followed for any permeant repairs to the road. My hope is to receive funding and be able to begin the clean up before the end of the month, but it is tough to predict as there is a lengthy process to follow. It was also acknowledged that the USFS is the owner of the section of the roadway where the slide occurred.
I’d like to thank the residents of Kasaan and South Thorne Bay for your continued patience and understanding and as always please feel free to contact me with any questions, my contact information is listed below. I’d also like to state that OVK, City of Thorne Bay & the USFS are ALL working tirelessly to resolve this problem. Acts of hostility, finger pointing and the blame game will not speed up this process. We need to come together as communities despite our differences of opinion, negativity is not productive.
Landslide Incident Commander
Cell: (907) 617-9970
Home: (907) 329-2012
As of February 1st, 2019 – The City of Thorne Bay and the Organized Village of Kasaan continues to seek funding for the repair of South Thorne Bay / Kasaan Road through State and Federal Agencies.
Thorne Bay, Kasaan and OVK formed an Emergency Management Team per the State and Federal requirements if one is to seek funding assistance. OVK was elected to head the Team with all three entities seeking assistance. OVK thru their federal contacts, Thorne Bay and Kasaan through their city contacts. OVK, having equipment available would also make improvement to the bypass road using the $10,000 allocated by each entity.
Routine maintenance and winter maintenance will continue to be done in the South Thorne Bay Subdivisions, on the Kasaan Road and on the bypass Road by OVK through their agreement with Thorne Bay.
On January 17th ERFO Coordinators (Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads) visited the site of the landslide and completed their assessment. They will take the information collected back to complete their report and a final determination will be made soon. I do not have a date and apologize for not having more information. I would like to thank all of the residents of Kasaan and South Thorne Bay for you patience & understanding. I understand & sympathize with everyone who has been affected, I am happy to answer any & all questions the best I can. I have made myself available via phone (numbers listed below) or feel free to visit me at my office in Kasaan. More information will be posted as soon as we have it.
Sara Yockey, Landslide Incident Commander
Main: (907) 617-9970
“Trying is having the intention to fail. Say you’ll do it & you will.”
Photo Credits go to Bill & Sara Yockey, and Sam Sawyer for the aerial view.
This page is dedicated to news and updates regarding the repair/reconstruction of the South Thorne Bay/Kasaan Road section that was effected by the massive landslide that occured on January 1, 2019. Road is OPEN Good news folks, the road will be open this afternoon! Thank you to everyone for your patience & understanding! As the