Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Helicopters rescue passengers on Canada Highway after mudslides

Some 300 people trapped overnight by a landslide on a highway in British Columbia were being rescued by helicopters on Monday, as officials tried to find out if anyone was washed away in a debris flow caused by torrential rains.

A yellow cormorant helicopter dropped off people near the community center in the city of Agassiz before leaving for another rescue operation.

Vancouver City and Canada Task Force 1 said in a joint release, “There are approximately 275 additional people trapped between the two slides, including 50 children, who were advised to be sheltered overnight because the debris was unstable and difficult to cross.” was unsafe.”

Several highways in British Columbia were closed due to rain.

Melanie Forsyth said that at her drive home from Vancouver to Hope, British Columbia, she made at least five rounds as rain washed down a bridge, closed roads and forced her to leave the night before a helicopter landed on the highway. Trapped the two in the mud and took them to Agassiz.

Forsythe, who was with her boyfriend, Sean Ramsay, and a friend, arrived in town about 18 hours later, when she was forced to stop on Highway 7 with about 300 other passengers.

“The three of us were hypnotizing each other saying this is going to be good, we’re gonna get out of here. But then we all had moments like, ‘Is this the point? Is this the last time? When are we going to see our kids?’ We were talking to our parents and our families, but it was just a scary situation,” she said.

Forsythe said everyone in her vehicle joined about two dozen people on the flight to Agassiz, where about 80 others had already arrived from the highway.

Forsythe said their vehicles were expected to be towed. Her group was about a nine-hour drive from home and could not find a hotel room to spend the night.

Twelve people were rescued from Highway 7 by the local fire department on Sunday evening before a Vancouver Heavy Urban Search and Rescue team was called on Monday.

Jashanpreet Singh and his wife Harleen Kaur were also stuck between two slides on Sunday and they said that they had come upon a vehicle which was partially crushed by a slide.

Kaur said a 9-year-old boy was injured and blood was oozing from his nose and ears. He said that firefighters who reached the spot first on Sunday were successful in handling the boy.

The couple was evicted on Monday. Singh said he learned a valuable lesson as he had neither food nor water.

Flooding in parts of the province also caused the inner city of Merritt to issue an evacuation order on Monday, warning its 7,000 residents not to use water from taps or flush toilets.

Flood warnings and watches were issued on rivers and streams for areas from Merritt south to the border with the United States, the lower Fraser area and sections of southern Vancouver Island.


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