Thursday, August 12, 2010

Meager Creek debris flow, photographed by David Steers.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Stairwell, 2010
Update from Meager Creek, courtesy Whistler's Pique Newsmagazine. Second biggest landslide in Canadian history!

"One of the group hopped out of the truck and dropped a backpack on a picnic table when out of the dark they heard a rumble that sounded like a thousand freight trains coming towards them. Another member of their party, unfamiliar with the area, wondered if there was a railway in the area and whether a train was rolling by. Smith quickly set him straight.

'It sounded like the mountain across the river was coming down on us,' Smith said in an interview.

The friends debated what to do for about 10 to 15 seconds as the rumble grew louder and trees began snapping all around them. They piled back into their truck, a Yukon XL, and drove in pitch black on to the Forest Service Road where they came face to face with a wall of black water.

'We were just shy of the Meager Creek turnoff,' Smith said. 'We basically turned off, tried to get up that road, tried to outrun it, drove for literally five seconds and then the headlights hit this big wall of water, probably about two feet high and it was just bubbling black water coming straight at us.'

The driver hit the brakes, spun the truck into a reverse and did a 180 before water started to overrun the vehicle on two sides. They had to punch the accelerator hard just to get away and head down the road.

They drove about 500 metres before they saw giant, old growth trees flowing across the road in a torrent of mud. They stopped about 50 metres short of the torrent and found themselves stuck on the road with water and debris flowing up behind them. . . ."

The Nearer Your Destination the More You’re Slip Sliding Away

"Mr. Slater asked for an apology. The passenger instead cursed at him. Mr. Slater got on the plane’s public address system and cursed out all aboard. Then he activated the inflatable evacuation slide at service exit R1, launched himself off the plane, an Embraer 190, ran to the employee parking lot and left the airport in a car he had parked there."

(Not the definitive version of the story, but the funniest)

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