After Sunday’s non-stop rainfalls caused flooding in British Columbia and mudslides, it was believed that as many as 100 were trapped on the Canadian highway between pieces of debris. Rescue efforts would begin at dawn.
After more than one day of torrential rain, the landslides that struck Highway 7 in southern Alberta, near Agassiz, were followed by several days of heavy rainfall. CBC was told by emergency officials that close to 50 cars were trapped in two areas on the highway. Each vehicle contained approximately 2 to 3 people.
According to the public broadcaster, search and rescue crews were still trying to assess the damage from the landslides on Monday – with the province’s Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (HUSAR) task force revealing that it had not been able to get a complete view of the situation overnight.
“What complicates this situation is we have two slides on Highway 7 and we have people that were trapped in the debris … and some have been rescued,”David Boone is the Director of HUSAR team and spoke on behalf of CBC. He added that the town’s fire department had already extracted at least 12 people who were trapped in their vehicles, while two other individuals were rescued elsewhere.
Boone noted that officials weren’t sure yet if other vehicles and people were missing. Boone stated that authorities are investigating. “still a bit blind on the full scope of the problem.”Not only is there no light, but also ground stability issues and problems around power lines can complicate rescue efforts. More information about the “best access points”He said that the entire team should wait until daylight to see him.
Boone had also been reported to have spoken with a woman who was a nurse and had stated that certain people were her passengers. “safe and secure at this time.”
CBC called other drivers last night to confirm that they were able to drive. “actually hear honking and yelling for help,”And suggested they were “probably about 200, 300 vehicles pulled over, waiting for some kind of update.”
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