(CNN) — A hillside near the Alaskan community of Lowell Point was still unstable after a Saturday landslide that blocked the road connecting the resort area to the city of Seward.
Brenda Ballou, a spokesperson for the city, told CNN a few hundred people live in Lowell Point, an unincorporated area on the Kenai Peninsula that’s popular with tourists.
Marissa Beck, who owns a rental property in Seward, told CNN there are many cabins and rental houses at Lowell Point, and guests are now stuck there or can’t get to their rentals from Seward. Many people are taking water taxis or their own boats to get to the other side of the slide.
No one was hurt when the slide occurred, Seward City Manager Janette Bower said in a Facebook post Saturday. According to Ballou, no utilities were damaged in the landslide and communication remains open with Lowell Point.
Dramatic video from a bystander shows tall trees sliding down the steep hill and toppling onto the bayside roadway.
Nathaniel Caole was headed to walk his dogs on Saturday evening when he noticed a commotion on Lowell Road and pulled off to the side of the road to see what was happening. He noticed a boulder was blocking a part of the road, and cops were stopping traffic from passing by.
“Rocks would fall continuously and once in a while some bigger rubble would come down, but there were no signs that the slide was going to be that extensive.” Caole said.
“When the slide first started I noticed the first tree came down and then quickly after that I could see all the trees falling in unison,” Caole said.
The slide is about 300 feet wide, CNN affiliate KTUU reported, citing Ballou.
It’s unclear what triggered the landslide, but Lowell Road frequently has falling rocks and avalanches, according to Beck.
Last month, an avalanche 60 to 80 feet deep and 300 to 400 feet wide cut off nearly 100 houses in Anchorage, about 2.5 hours north of Seward.
A local company is mobilizing to begin recovery efforts once geologists deem the area to be stable. The state is sending geologists with drone equipment to assist in assessment efforts, Ballou said.
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