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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 2/2010
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Highway 20 Washed Out east of us
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.
And below is what it looked like yesterday.
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!.
Enjoy the pics.
The last blog can be found at September
Week One .
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