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Partial sea wall collapse affects harbor in Alaska city

July 3, 2018
In this photo taken Monday, July 2, 2018 photo, crews cut conduit and remove debris from a collapsed retaining seawall at Bar Harbor South in Ketchikan, Alaska. The Partial collapse of the sea wall has prompted removal of a harbor ramp and interrupted electric and water service to some floats. Dan Berg, with the city's Port and Harbors Department, says this all started with a sinkhole in a parking lot that collapsed Sunday. (Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News via AP)

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Partial collapse of a sea wall in the southeast Alaska city of Ketchikan has prompted removal of a harbor ramp and interrupted electric and water service to some floats.

Dan Berg, with the city’s Port and Harbors Department, says this all started with a sinkhole in a parking lot that collapsed Sunday.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports that the local utility was working on a plan to provide electricity to the floats. Berg hoped to have water restored Tuesday.

A large chunk of the rock wall fell into the harbor. Public Works Director Mark Hilson says the wall was in poor shape last week, resulting in partial closure of a parking lot. He says no one was hurt when the wall collapsed.

Stabilization efforts were under way.

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Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.ketchikandailynews.com

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