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Flyback Fridays - 2003 Flood

Flyback Fridays - 2003 Flood

Welcome to Flyback Fridays - a glimpse into Pemberton’s past!  This season we will bring you stories and videos from Tea & Tales and our video archives over the last decade that highlight Pioneer life and the resiliency of early settlers and First Nations.  We will also share videos and stories that show how local residents have responded to emergencies and challenges in the past, illustrating the power of community ties through all kinds of difficulties – yesterday and today.

This week we feature an edited version of television news footage collected through the 2003 flood event in Pemberton and Mt. Currie.  In 2003 a significant rain event occurred leading to significant flooding in the southern end of the Pemberton Valley and leading to a major bridge washout on Hwy 99 at Rutherford Creek. Weather forecasters said a rainstorm like this occurs once in a century. Environment Canada's David Jones said the region had between 200 and 350 millimeters of rain during the storm. Squamish saw 325 millimeters, which is 15 per cent of the town's normal rainfall in a year, said Jones. The news stories and footage were donated by Howard Mah and Shirley Henry. Watch it here.