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None Shall Pass: Avalanche Traps Alaska Town

Image: A lone highway sign rises above the closed Richardson Highway near Valdez, Alaska.
A Photo released Wednesday Jan. 29, 2014, by the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities is of A lone highway sign rises above the closed Richardson Highway, near Valdez, Alaska. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Two major avalanches and some smaller ones dumped snow Friday along 27 miles of the Richardson Highway, closing the only road access to Valdez, Alaska, the city at the end of the trans-Alaska pipeline. (AP Photo/Alaska DOT&PF) Alaska DOT via AP

A lone highway sign rises above the closed Richardson Highway, near Valdez, Alaska. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Conditions were too unstable Wednesday to clear the only road into the city at the end of the trans-Alaska pipeline, which remains cut off by land from the rest of the state for a fifth day because of avalanches. Drainage has slowed from a lake formed by one of the slides, and the water is too deep for heavy equipment to pass, the Alaska Department of Transportation said. Two major avalanches and some smaller ones dumped snow Friday along 27 miles of the Richardson Highway, closing the only road access to Valdez.

--The Associated Press

Editor's note: This photo was made available to NBC News on Jan. 29.