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Another Day

Lauren Terbasket and her account during the intital flooding in BC

Rellik talks with Laura Terbasket about her close call and instinctive feeling she had while driving highways as the floods in in Southern BC.

 

 

Lauras account in her own words. 

 

 

Well...here i sit...in Burnaby...with an amazing friend.... heres my flood story.... I worked in Burnaby last week up to Saturday... started home Sunday...about 1pm... got backed up in traffic around abbottsford....because of mudslide on Transcanada1...took me about 6 hrs ...through highway 7 to get to hope...In hope there is no power.....its dark....and vehicles everywhere...parked...driving...its chaos...and no gas stations open...i still have half a tank of gas...im thinking.. " yeah...i can make it over hope-princeton 3"....i get halfway up the hill...I have this feeling of dread......and this voice says..."turn around"....i argue...i say "im never scared of road conditions!!"..the voice says..."turn around right now!!!!"...so still grumbling i u-turn right there. Im now crawling along in traffic going west on highway7 ... the water is shooting out of the mountainside....some on the road...i think to myself...this mountains coming down....i keep driving...i see water both sides of the road through chilliwack and Abottsford...i think...is that the river?? I keep going....my hands are tired, because the rain just keeps coming down....i see ambulances and fire trucks...going the other way.. I get to burnaby....eat..then sleep... next morning i see the mudslides on highway 7...probably minutes after I came through...people trapped and cars swept away.. ...2 mudslides over highway 3 with lots of folks trapped in between.... Princeton is under water...Abbottsford Chilliwack...under water...... i sit looking at pictures....in shock....shaking.....then relief.... i text my family im ok... i think to myself...my ancestors paved my way....they saved my life.... those sacred beings....they are beautiful...and powerful... and amazing... and they pierced the veil from the spirit world....to save the people....and my small self, was among the blessed....who is safe. Our elders tell us...listen to the ancestors...to the land... my committment to the land...and water...today...is renewed....what its like to be syilx smelqmix....where the ancestors.. the land...the water and trees still speak to us.

 

 

photo : CTV news

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