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Drive carefully, Alaska. Massive mudslides sweep over remote area roads

 A mudslide covered the McCarthy Road on Tuesday. Department of Transportation photo courtesy of Dan Frost.
A mudslide covered the McCarthy Road on Tuesday. Department of Transportation photo courtesy of Dan Frost. (KTUU)
Published: Aug. 22, 2018 at 12:29 PM AKDT
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Massive mudslides caused some equally massive headaches for drivers trying to cross the McCarthy Road and Taylor Highway this week, according to representatives with the Alaska Department of Transportation.

The mudslide near Chitina is located at on mile 58 of the McCarthy road, and the mudslide on the Taylor Highway is along a stretch from Tok to Eagle.

According to DOT, the McCarthy mudslide was discovered on Tuesday, at measurements approximately 75 feet long and eight feet tall. Needless to say, cars weren't able to get around it.

Wednesday, things looked up for the area, with one lane being opened after crews reportedly worked all night on moving the mudslide debris.

Maintenance crews were back on the scene early Wednesday, hoping to clear out the other areas on the road and open up two lanes of traffic.

The Taylor Highway slide, and minor flooding, is still passable by cars, but DOT warns that due to the rain continuing, conditions may worsen.

"If you are driving to remote areas, please always make sure you have emergency supplies, extra food, and warm clothing!" DOT said via social media Wednesday.

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