Trapped in Paradise

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I drove down to Bella Coola for a two-day fishing trip last Friday and inadvertently immersed myself in a record-breaking flood, where over 200mm of rain fell within 24hrs. The highway was washed out in dozens of places, many bridges obliterated and of dozens of homes flooded out. Below are some photos I collected, plus some rough-cuts of video in two parts. I’m stranded here until they can get a ferry to bring supplies in and carry folks out. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem but, as you’ll see, the fishing is on hold and mobility is limited.

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I was fortunate, since the spot where I parked my van (with me sleeping in the back) on Friday night became a roiling river nearly two metres deep! I knew enough not to park near any creeks so I was at least 300m from the nearest one. Luckily, I woke up at 3am and saw water rushing below the tires and was able to pull out, and later saw that there was a new channel created through my parking spot (the image with the cowboy guy walking in the water). Other folks in the valley weren’t so lucky but as far as I know there was no loss of life except some livestock that drowned. Highway 20 out of here is listed as closed for up to two months, but more info is streaming in, so-to-speak.

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Finally, some of my footage was used by Global TV:
http://www.globaltvbc.com/video/index.html?releasePID=wRSB4YbCtysTRWRciN2bLx902_7HgIAL

Posted on 09/28 at 05:28 PM | Comments

Signs of the time

Every once in a while you do a double-take thanks to some ingenious person who wants your attention. Here are a few recent examples of weird signage:

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Posted on 09/05 at 02:51 AM | Comments

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