British Columbia Sun

Rescuers heaving dozens of motorists stuck on BC highway to protection

Key takeaways: 

  • Almost 275 were stuck on Highway 7, close to Agassiz, BC, following extreme climate on Sunday. 
  • A woman abandoned by landslides close to Agassiz, BC, is pulled into a chopper by Canadian Force crews on Monday. 

People getting stuck at Highway 7 due to mudslides: 

Rescuers, utilizing military choppers, were lifted to protect dozens of individuals stuck overnight in their vehicles by two mudslides that obstructed a southern BC Highway Sunday night during a pounding rainstorm. 

The landslides which happened on Highway 7 close to Agassiz, BC, about 125 kilometres east of Vancouver, came as groups in southern zones of the region were hammered by hefty rain and high winds. 

Cory Lysohirka was driving home from Kamloops to BC’s Lower Mainland with his spouse and two kids when the hefty rainfall and washouts on the highway grew menacing. 

“You could see the waterfall coming, and I thought: Is this going to strike? It sounds maxim, but I thought: is this the day I am done?”¬†Source – cbc.ca

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Eventually, a mudslide obstructed the lane in front of him, as well as behind their car, and Lysohirka could ride no further. 

“It was like the twilight zone,” he stated Monday from a reception centre in Agassiz after he and his family were saved. They were heaved off the road by military personnel who ferried communities of 20 from the highway to the closer by reception centre.¬† Source – cbc.ca

By Monday afternoon, almost 300 people were saved. Authorities stated no one was wounded. 

Canadian Forces Cormorant choppers initiated the first of numerous safe flights in the morning. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth stated conditions were tough. 

By late afternoon, authorities stated individuals were still helpless on other zones of Highway 7 and Highway 1 near Hope. Farnworth stated he knows of no casualties connected to the mudslides and storms. 

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