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Watch: A log home falls off the eroding Matanuska River bank

  • Author: Annie Zak
  • Updated: July 5, 2017
  • Published July 5, 2017

The roof of the “Johnson’s Homestead Cabin” built in the 1940s rests on a sand bar in the Matanuska River on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, after the river claimed the log home on Tuesday evening. The occupied Musial home in the distance is also threatened by the eroding river bank. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)

The Matanuska River has been swallowing up homes along its banks for many years, but the latest house to fall victim to erosion was captured in a video as it sank into the current.

A Facebook user posted two videos on Monday of the log home falling into the river. In one, you can hear pieces of the structure snapping, then see a door and wall fall off as the home collapses, drops into the river and drifts away.

And there it goes. The Johnson's Homestead Cabin built in early 40's. On it's way down the Mighty Matanuska...

Posted by Earl Melody Houser on Monday, July 3, 2017

The posts referred to it as the "Johnson's Homestead Cabin built in early 40s." The user also wrote that "Mom and Dad have been out of it for 2 (years) now."

For years, erosion has destroyed homes along the Matanuska River. In 2015, the river "consumed a home and seven buildings at just one property near Sutton," Alaska Dispatch News reported.

Last fall, Gov. Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration for the erosion, citing "the severity and magnitude of the imminent disaster."

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