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Capt. Amy Slinker, Alaska Army National Guard, Associated Press
Personnel in the Alaska National Guard"™s Joint Operation Center work to resource a request from the Alaska State Emergency Operation Center to send more than 50 Guard members, supplies and equipment to Cordova Jan. 7, 2012. The state of Alaska is responding to requests for help from the small fishing community of Cordova after weeks of record snowfall have left it buried in more than 18 feet of snow.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The small Alaska fishing town of Cordova is used to dealing with excessive snow — but not like this. 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.

Responders say rain fell overnight, making for a treacherous mess Sunday in the Prince William Sound community of 2,000 year-round residents.

Bad weather has prevented the Alaska National Guard from flying to the town, 150 miles southeast of Anchorage. Now, at least 50 Guard members are headed to Cordova on a state ferry. They're expected to arrive later Sunday to help clear roofs and roads.

The state also is working on bringing in more heavy equipment to Cordova, which has issued a disaster proclamation.

The National Weather Service says Monday is supposed to be clear before another system moves in Tuesday.