Mt. Nusatsum

Mt. Nusatsum

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Cleanup Continues

A week after the Great Flood of 2010 in the Bella Coola Valley everyone is still busy trying to make something of their situation. Those that were directly impacted are either cleaning and throwing out, drying, washing or ripping drywall off.  If you weren't directly impacted, then almost everyone is helping someone that was in dozens of different ways.  Many people are offering temporary accommodations to those that have had homes ruined or in some cases cut off.  The disaster assistance program is functioning and people who had to leave their homes with nothing are getting help with basic assistance and needs.

It's hard to believe but a week later, the Bella Coola River is still high and muddy brown.  There is still a lot of water draining from somewhere and to see it 7 days later at such a high flow is amazing.  The stories of 'above and beyond' are starting to come out and all of them are fascinating and human in their dimension. 

The photo above is taken from the Burnt Bridge Creek - bridge looking downstream.  Amazingly the concrete bridge survived intact while huge quantities of logs passed underneath it.  Other bridges on some of the forestry roads weren't so lucky.  Grizzly

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