AGASSIZ (NEWS 1130) — Upwards of 500 people are stuck at Sasquatch Mountain Resort in Agassiz, after a landslide blocked a road in both directions on the hill.
Shelby Lim with the resort says they have more people than usual up there because a race was scheduled for this weekend, but the event has since been cancelled.
“We are currently waiting for a word back from the road crews,” Lim says. “They have called in a Geotech to come in and assess the situation and the stability for them to be able to clear the rubble on the road that is in the middle of the road. There is (also) a downed tree on the road at the same place.”
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She adds crews are checking out the landslide, but there’s no word on how long the road will be blocked.
**UPDATE: Last night, there was a landslide on Hemlock Valley road on the resort side just past the avalanche area…
“We closed down the mountain around 2:30 p.m. [Friday] due to the extreme winds and rain. And I would say the landslide happened around 9:30-ish,” Lim says.
She adds people staying in the village don’t have power right now, but the resort’s lodge does, and the cafeteria is running for people who want to grab some food.
“They can wander over here and get a meal. We have about 100 staff that live on the hill.”
As people stranded at the resort in Agassiz wait for the road to be repaired, some have taken to the air to get off the mountain.
Ariel Nickel says she is among many who paid $150.00 to book a helicopter flight out of the area.
“We were actually quite excited that we got to do this. And I have a service dog so he got to join us on the flight as well,” Nickel told NEWS 1130.
The district of Kent declared a state of emergency Saturday afternoon.