Johnsons Landing Landslide: News Crew Captures Footage Of Second Landslide In British Columbia Town
UPDATE: Authorities say crews have found the body of one of four people missing in a massive landslide in southeastern British Columbia. The B.C. Coroners Service also announced it will take over the recovery operation, as “there was no longer any hope that anyone who had been caught in the slide could be found alive,” CBC reported.
A day after a landslide caused devastation in Johnsons Landing, British Columbia, a Global News crew managed to capture real-time footage of another landslidesweeping through the area.
The news crew had been documenting the aftermath in Johnsons Landing on Friday shortly before a second landslide knocked down trees and wiped everything else in its path, Global News reports.
In the video, journalist Francis Silvaggio explained he and his coworkers, who were on a boat, had just escaped disaster.
“Five minutes ago we were there,” he says to the camera. “We would’ve been wiped out. Five minutes ago.”
Four people — a family of three and a 64-year-old German retiree — are still unaccounted for after Thursday’s landslide swept through the small British Columbia community, the Vancouver Sun reports. Rescue efforts have been difficult because of rain and debris in the area.
Officials said the father and his two daughters could still be alive if they had descended into their basement. The retiree’s home is still covered completely by debris,the paper reports.
“My daughter said that they were going to be sitting down to breakfast and that my ex-husband was cooking breakfast. They got off the phone and there was an avalanche,” Lynn Migdal told the National Post, referencing a conversation one of her daughters had with a friend.
A concerned resident warned neighbors about conditions near a local creek shortly before the landslide occurred.
According to the Canadian Press, the woman reported ‘”surges of chocolate-coloured water that came down Gar Creek‘ each bringing down a significant number of logs and debris and causing a jam.”
One of the recipients passed along the email to a research hydrologist at the Forests Ministry, who didn’t open it until it was too late, the report states.
Another landslide — the one captured by the Global News crew – forced debris down a mountain and into Kootenay Lake on Friday, July 13, the Nelson Star reports. Officials had warned onlookers to stay away from the landslide area earlier that afternoon.