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Partial sea wall collapse affects harbor in Ketchikan

In this photo taken Monday, crews cut a conduit and remove debris from a collapsed retaining seawall at Bar Harbor South in Ketchikan, Alaska. (Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News via AP)

KETCHIKAN — The 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 underway.

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