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Record-breaking snow results in state of emergency in Cordova, Alaska; Alaska National Guardsmen arrive to help

Kim Weibl / Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management via AP

A man stands on a house buried in snow in the fishing town of Cordova, Ak. Residents have turned to the state to help them dig out of massive snow levels that have collapsed roofs, triggered avalanches and even covered doors, trapping some people in their homes.

According to KTUU-TV:

Cordova City officials say since record breaking snow has now turned into heavy rain, flooding and avalanches are now their major concern as a state of emergency continued in the Prince William Sound community Sunday.

More than 70 Alaska National Guardsmen arrived in Cordova Sunday evening. It is the first time in a "long time" where the state emergency operation center has requested the National Guard to assist a community in a disaster, said Maj. Gen. Thomas Katkus at a press briefing Sunday.

More from KTUU-TV: State of Emergency Continues in Cordova, Alaska National Guardsmen Arrive to Help

Erv Petty / Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management via AP

People work to clear snow from the roof of the Cordova volunteer fire department in the fishing town of Cordova, Ak., Jan. 7.

Erv Petty / Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management via AP

A house is buried in snow in the fishing town of Cordova, Ak., Jan. 7.