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Old 09-08-2011, 01:17 PM   #1
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Stewart BC/Hyder AK cut off by flooding

We spent last weekend in Stewart BC/Hyder AK, both located at the end of a dead-end spur road off of the Cassiar Highway in NW British Columbia. It rained the entire time, from sprinkles to deluge. We thought that was just normal, it's a rainy area after all. But as we left the area Tuesday afternoon (9/6/2011) the river was starting to encroach across the roadway, the waterfalls had multiplied and the river, normally milky from the glacier that feeds it, had turned brown. The current was just ripping through the canyon upstream of town.

Next morning we learned on the news that the highway was shut down not long after we passed. Now there's a chunk of roadway missing and two bridges either out or in danger of failing. At least 30 campers are trapped in Stewart until the road reopens and that may be a long time. They were relocated to the municipal building parking lot because both rv parks in town were evacuated. No word on the Canadian news about how Hyder, which is in Alaska but only accessible by road via Stewart, is faring, but both towns are cut off except by sea or helicopter. Found the following photo on a news website.

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Old 09-08-2011, 06:57 PM   #2
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Re: Stewart BC/Hyder AK cut off by flooding

Ouch,

Spent half a day there but don't think spending weeks would be fun. Would get a lot of books read though and eat chocolate until they run out.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:56 PM   #3
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Re: Stewart BC/Hyder AK cut off by flooding

Hey Durangs!

I was stuck on the Cassiar around Bell 1 right after the flood a couple of weeks ago. They started to escort traffic three times a day after the heavy equipment carved a path thru the mud slides. Only delayed a day, though. The road to Hyder was still closed with no opening day in sight. The mud slides were unbelievable!

Just got home the other day. Hope you had a great trip! I'm headed back up next summer. Magical place, eh?

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