Yesterday we made our return trip back to Anglemont from the coast, where I was forced to go for my 79th birthday. It wasn't all bad, as my boys took me to see the progress being made on my ancient 1933 Plymouth. It's nothing short of amazing, but this is about our trip back home. We were driving east on the Fraser Valley, about 20 kms or so east of Chilliwack, when without any warning the traffic came to a rapid standstill. We were aware that there is considerable construction going on in the area, and of course the rain added to the poor workers pleasure. There was a police car that arrived at one of the work areas, just before we did, where they have essentially removed all the vegetation on the south side of the highway, leaving nothing to catch the torrential rain. At that point, there was a huge rush of mud and rocks that came down on the highway literally as we were driving through a foot or so of water. The police instantly closed the highway and we were just plain lucky to have got through. At that point we were planning to go on the Coquihalla to Kamloops. No luck there, as highway 5 was now closed. That turned out to be a huge mudslide up near the Zopkios brake check. Our only remaining route was highway 3 to Princeton and then back over to Merritt. Highway 1 via the Fraser Canyon was also closed by this time. Every time we got alongside any of the creeks, they were completely mud filled and roaring along. It was quite incredible. At Princeton, the rain was just as bad and by this time all the traffic that had got stopped at Merritt due to the big mudslide, was now making its' way to Hope the long way around. We now hear of the flooding at Princeton as well. We got safely to Merritt, where we fuelled up and made it through to Kamloops without further incident. This morning, we were checking with our friends who live at Hope, and they were without power from about 7 am this morning. All kinds of flooding there as well. What an awful situation. Apparently at 4 a.m. this morning, the river at Merritt overflowed its' banks and there was massive flooding. Now we hear that the entire town has had to be evacuated. Some of the video and photos are hard to believe. Yes, we have rain here, but nothing compared to what the unfortunate folks are getting in the Fraser Valley.