“Water was just coming down all over the place. I kept wondering how the roads were still here. I kept wondering, ‘This is not going to end well. Then, yeah.” – Resort Guest Michael Iwasaki
Torrential rain triggered the mudslide that blocked the only access road to a ski resort in B.C.’s Fraser Valley and trapped hundreds of resort guests for 3 days. A full kilometer of Hemlock Valley Road below Sasquatch Mountain Resort washed out last Friday trapping about 500 residents and visitors.
About half of them paid a private helicopter company $150 each for a ride off the mountain within two days but the rest waited it out for the road to become passable. B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation said it briefly opened the road to one-way traffic with vehicles being escorted by a pilot vehicle.