is about a remote area in west central British Columbia, Canada
called the West Chilcotin. Surrounded by numerous glacial mountain
ranges, alpine lakes teeming with wild Rainbow Trout, and full
of wildlife. Living here goes from no running water or electricity
to spacious log homes with all the conveniences and without
Wilderness Adventures - Sept., Week 1/2010
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Highway 20 Closed in both Directions
think Mother Nature might have a little beef with us in
the Chilcotin and Bella Coola for that matter.
This summer it was forest fires that blocked Highway 20
both east and west of us for varying periods of time.
Well, we've got the fire part of out of the way so now
it's flood's turn.
We've had a really rainy September and had accumulated
a little over 1 1/2 inches of rain and quite a bit of
snow up in the mountains with only about three nice sunny
days that I can think of throughout the whole month. Then
weather forecasters began warning of a big system coming
in from the Pacific that would drop a significant amount
of rain on the Central Coast and Vancouver Island.
Unfortunately, for a change, they were right.
The rain started Friday and didn't quit until early evening
on Saturday but in that 24 hour period, we received
over 2 1/4 inches of rain. That's a lot for us!
But what made it worse was that on Sunday morning when
we woke up, we could see that all the snow had disappeared
off the nearby mountains. All of it. It was unusual enough
that several people commented on it. And I think that's
what cost us our highway.....
We had already heard reports by Saturday that there were
rock slides on the Bella Coola Hill. That's pretty much
normal of course and you would be crazy to travel the
hill after it's rained a lot. But then Bella Coola got
hit by major flooding that washed out Highway 20 all through
the valley, took out several bridges, and put the airport
and a good part of Hagensborg under water. They're
saying that it's worse than the flooding of 1968, over
40 years ago and the only way in and out of the valley
now is by helicopter or water.
We were considering ourselves extremely lucky to not have
received the high winds predicted with this system but
we definitely received the wet part of it when it stalled
over the Chilcotin.
Yesterday morning Highway 20 washed out in several
places half an hour to the south of us when little McClinchy
Creek decided to become a raging river. My Mom
and Terry B flew over and took pictures for me yesterday
afternoon and apparently today, the condition of the highway
is much worse.
One residence is under water and now it appears our phone
lines are in danger of being knocked out by flood waters.
Most of the grocery stores in our area have only another
day or so of produce left and all are out of dairy products
Unlike Bella Coola where the ferry has said it will schedule
more trips so that groceries, fuel and medications can
be brought in, I'm afraid we don't have that 'luxury'.
We do have the plane that comes into Anahim Lake airport,
but it can't carry fuel and not even much in the way of
groceries unless they put on a cargo plane.
I was told that the washouts and the condition of
Highway 20 is far worse today than what these pictures
showed from yesterday. The one washout now stretches
for a kilometer and the ranch in the picture on the right
is now flooded. Estimates coming in right now guess that
the highway will not be opened for 10 days to two weeks.
I guess as long as the fuel lasts at the generating
plant in Anahim Lake we'll have electricity, and
most people are accustomed to being stocked up with food
in their freezers.
A lot of people have been requesting information and pictures
so I'm going to get this blog posted and pick up with
a little more detail and more pics later. There's a real
lack of information out there about our predicament right
now and I just find it so sad that the newscasters are
quick to pick up on the flooding on Vancouver Island and
in Bella Coola, but made little mention of our situation
yesterday and none today. As usual, nothing exists north
of Hope. It gets a little tiresome after awhile. So in
the interests of getting this out, I'm going to leave
off now. Thank you to Terry Brandt for the aerial photos.
I think more are coming tomorrow.
The last blog from a long, long time ago (I know, hair
shirt required) can be found at August
Week Three .
The purpose of this web site is to draw attention to a
remote area of west central British Columbia. It is a
beautiful area that relies heavily on tourism. The search
engines don't know much about the West Chilcotin, Anahim
Lake, Nimpo Lake or any of the other small communities
in the region and I hope to change that! Even as large
as this site will eventually be, there just isn't enough
room or time in the day to fully describe this incredible
country but I am going to try scraping away at the tip
of the iceberg, so join me!
the links, and see what the West Chilcotin is really like!