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Wilderness Adventures - Sept., Week 2/2010

This 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 the smog!
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27/09/2010 11:22 AM

Highway 20 Washed Out east of us

Hi Everyone,
I've decided to move the last post with pictures of the washouts on Highway 20 to the East of us to another week because I have new images. The others were taken by Terry B. on Sunday. You would not believe how much worse things are now with pictures he took Tuesday. Washouts have gone from four and one happening to about eight now and it's going to be a long, long time before that section of Highway 20 is passable again. There are washouts both before and after the McClinchy bridge with one that looks to be about a kilometer long. I've decided to upload a new post so that you can compare the pictures from Sunday to Tuesday.
Right now there are local contractors and the government road crew working on an alternate route. It utilizes some old logging roads with only a short distance through forest. Some dipshit flying around in a helicopter promised the Premier that the detour would be open by 6:00 tonight. I wish they hadn't done that. Andy has already worked a 12 hour day on loader and was told they were to keep on working until the road is open, even if it means working all night. Seems to me that it's not going to make much difference between it opening tomorrow and opening Friday, but someone seems to have finally gone into panic mode. Or political mode... Who knows? Hardly necessary considering how laid back most people are around here.
There was an RCMP helicopter flying back and forth down to the washouts today. We decided the RCMP were probably here for mob control. :-) I'm not sure why else they would be although one of them was a photographer so maybe they needed proof for the brass that local detachment's phone lines may be down soon.
The mail and some medications were flown in today and Pacific Coastal was kind enough to put on extra flights to help get people out of here including visitors that have to go back to work.
There's a shortage of fuel but no one is going anywhere anyway. The biggest concern is for diesel for the crews working on the road. There is definitely a shortage there but at least the power plant has quite a bit of fuel yet so at least we won't be out of electricity. We may be out of phone soon, though. Apparently several power poles are bobbing along in the water now held only by the telephone wire.
The weather has improved considerably with sunshine and today, warm temperatures after the fog lifted. We're supposed to see good weather for a few days, which is great because it will allow the water time to subside.
Andy was up on the Hill yesterday morning before being moved to the detour east of us and took a few pictures of the washouts there. It's going to take some work to put that road back together but it will happen eventually. I expect he'll be moved back there once the detour is open because they want our guys in the middle to work to the west while guys from Williams Lake work on the road to our east.
So if you remember from the last blog, this is what a portion of the highway looked like on Sunday.

Washout on Sunday
And below is what it looked like yesterday.

The same washout on Tuesday
And this is what the long shot of highway looks like compared to the last blog. Yep, that's the highway and it's under water for as far as you can see, folks!.

The whole highway is under water

Enjoy the pics.
Thanks Terry!
The last blog can be found at September Week One .

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Follow the links, and see what the West Chilcotin is really like!
Water has taken out part of the highway.
Water floods over the highway.
Flood of water over Highway 20.
The McClinchy River flows over the highway.
Telephone poles are threatened by water.
The highway is washed out.
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