Helicopters Rescued Hundreds Of BC Skiers Trapped After A Mudslide Yesterday (PHOTOS)
Around 500 people were stranded at the ski lodge.
It was a terrifying weekend for many travellers as a BC mudslide took place on a major highway which leads to a popular ski resort, Sasquatch Mountain. As a result of the massive mudslide, hundreds of people were stuck at the Fraser Valley ski lodge. A number of people also opted to pay for helicopter shuttles out of the area. Photos and videos of the incident have surfaced online and the damages are significant.
On Friday evening, heavy rain triggered the mudslide that washed out a large part of Hemlock Valley Road just outside of Agassiz, B.C.
CBC News spoke with an eye witness who claimed that there was so much rain and mud that the road looked like a river.
Due to the mudslide, there was no vehicle access to the resort, which caused hundreds of people to be stranded at the Sasquatch Mountain Resort.
According to the Vancouver Sun, about 250 people were evacuated by helicopter from the resort on Sunday, February 2, alone.
A spokesperson with the resort told the Vancouver Sun that there were three helicopters shuttling people off the hill that day with another 80 people booked to leave Monday.
While the victims now have an interesting story to tell their friends back home, getting out of the situation was not cheap.
The same spokesperson stated that the helicopter fare was $150 and landed passengers in Chilliwack.
CBC News is estimating that about 500 people were stuck at theover the weekend.
To add to the drama of the entire incident, there was no power for the residents and guests on the mountain.
Before power was restored on Sunday, just in time for the City 1130 News has claimed that people were using back-up generators to provide heat and use food sources.game,
As a result of the intense, a state of emergency was declared in the District of Kent.
The district includes Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Kilby, and the Seabird Island, according to the Georgia Straight.
The DriveBC website writes that the Hemlock Valley Road is still closed in both directions. While an assessment is in progress, no detour has been made available.
Updates on the condition of the road will continue to be given through the website.
The pictures and videos of the incident online are insane. In one Instagram post, you can see the road has been completely taken out by the mudslide and massive chunks of the asphalt are literally floating in the water.
A post by the Last Resort at the ski lodge has estimated that the road will be closed for about four days.
The Sasquatch Mountain Resort has posted on their public Facebook page that the mountain will suspend all activities, other than breakfast until the road is back open.
Narcity has reached out to the Sasquatch Mountain Resort for comment and will update this story when we receive a response.