B.C. family stranded by floods shares powerful images of Coquihalla Highway damage

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A BC family in floods is sharing powerful photos of the damage done to the Coquihalla Highway, to inform their community and pass the time.

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Jeremiah Steberl, his wife, son and parents live off the highway between Hope and Merritt, B.C. and are separated by damaged roads on either side.

After the disaster struck on November 14, he began filming its effects and saved the footage as a . started sharing YouTube channel called SteBros. is called, which has about 4,000 customers.


In an interview with Granthshala News, he explained, “Exciting things happen all the time on Coquihalla but nothing quite as far as this.”

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“We wanted to put it out there and inform people.”

Stieberl said he heard from the wider community that there was a lot of flood footage from Abbotsford, Hope and Merritt — three B.C. municipalities that sustained heavy damage — but little coverage of what was happening between them.

He wanted to help fill that gap with something other than aerial footage.

Over the past week, Stieberl and his family have witnessed some extraordinary but “heartbreaking” incidents.

Some of the footage includes cars being washed away by the Coquihalla River, a collapsed bridge, a broken highway, and a RV slowly swallowing water,

“They ended up tying it to the tree,” Stabler told Granthshala News.

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“A few hours later, the whole RV is gone… If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed the river could do so much damage.”

Stieberl, his wife and son Caroline live between Mine Road and Siwash Creek Road.

There has been minor damage to their land, but the family has good supplies and is able to evacuate by air if needed, he said.

He plans to keep uploading the footage till the roads reopen and traffic resumes in the area.

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