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Boaters, Camera Crew Narrowly Escape Massive Mudslide in British Columbia: VIDEO


Talk about getting out at the last minute...

SlideRecent mudslides in Johnson's Landing, British Columbia have destroyed homes and left four people missing. On Friday, a Global News film crew was in the area and narrowly escaped another one, as did a pair of boaters that were on the shore as they heard the mudslide coming.

The terrifying video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Can you say BAD forestry practices. Cut down the trees on the hill sides, mix in plenty of rain, and PRESTO! Disaster.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Jul 16, 2012 12:49:49 PM

  2. @Sargon: do you know this for sure or are you making assumptions?

    Posted by: JOE | Jul 16, 2012 1:00:29 PM

  3. It has been an exceptionally wet spring in BCwhich alone can cause mudslides like these, but clearcutting the slopes above the rivers greatly increases the chance of this happening. There plenty of such clearcuts all over BC so even if Sargon hasn't gone there and looked at it there is a good chancehe is correct.

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 16, 2012 1:29:57 PM

  4. Wow

    Posted by: MQ | Jul 16, 2012 1:32:33 PM

  5. Damn Nature...You Scary!

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 16, 2012 1:33:37 PM

  6. It looks like the "trees" mixed in with the mud are pre-cut logs, I would agree with some level of bad forestry practices — in any event, mud doesn't just come from anywhere, it would have to be from where the earth had been laid bare (like the continual mudslides in the deforested areas of the Dominican Republic).

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Jul 16, 2012 2:48:44 PM

  7. @JOE Sargon is absolutely correct.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 16, 2012 3:00:49 PM

  8. Slides into water can also trigger tsunamis. Good times.

    Posted by: David R. | Jul 16, 2012 6:43:53 PM

  9. These are uncut forests it just a bad year for rain and the fact that the trees are dead due to years of BC being infected by the Pine Beetle which has left thousands of square miles of forest dead in the past several years....So if there is a landslide a dead tree will not prevent things from washing away.There was also a mudslide that trapped 600 campers at Fairmont Hot Springs this weekend by a mudslide that took out the bridge linking it to the rest of the resort. (I spent several years of holidays there as a kid) and They were very lucky tha no one was washed away and drowned as you would walk across the bridge or even wade across the stream to hit the pools. Today they managed to get the campers out in their vehicles and motor homes and reunite families seperated as some were trapped in the campground while others were at thre pools and resort.

    Posted by: Darrell | Jul 17, 2012 4:09:54 AM

  10. Sadly they've found two bodies and looking for two more - 3 from the same family whose home was wiped out.

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 17, 2012 4:40:10 PM

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