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iN PHOTOS: Province releases never before seen images of Hope Slide

One of several photos of the Hope Slide released Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, by the B.C. Ministry of Transportation that was taken shortly after the incident in January, 1965.
Image Credit: B.C. Ministry of Transportation
January 09, 2020 - 3:42 PM

The Ministry of Transportation marked the 55th anniversary of the Hope slide today with the release of a number of never before seen photographs of the disaster.

It was in the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 9, 1965, when a portion of Johnson Mountain collapsed, sending an estimated 50 million cubic metres of rock, mud and debris into the valley below, burying almost three miles of Highway 3 up to 500 feet deep.

The slide killed four people, closing the highway for nearly two weeks.

The photos of the devastation as well as search and rescue efforts were taken shortly after the slide. The ministry believes most of the images have never been shown publicly before.

For more on the Hope Slide go here.

Helicopter pilots flew supplies and materials in and out of the debris field in the days immediately following the slide.
Helicopter pilots flew supplies and materials in and out of the debris field in the days immediately following the slide.
Image Credit: B.C. Ministry of Transportation

Workers drill rocks in ongoing efforts to reopen the highway after the slide.
Workers drill rocks in ongoing efforts to reopen the highway after the slide.
Image Credit: B.C. Ministry of Transportation

Dump trucks wheel away vast quantities of mud.
Dump trucks wheel away vast quantities of mud.
Image Credit: B.C. Ministry of Transportation

Working together to literally move a mountain.
Working together to literally move a mountain.
Image Credit: B.C. Ministry of Transportation

Aerial photograph showing Highway 3 disappearing in the debris
Aerial photograph showing Highway 3 disappearing in the debris
Image Credit: B.C. Ministry of Transportation

Rescue workers search for victims in the rubble near the remains of a tanker truck caught in the onslaught.
Rescue workers search for victims in the rubble near the remains of a tanker truck caught in the onslaught.
Image Credit: B.C. Ministry of Transportation

Construction continues to reopen Highway 3 after the Hope Slide.
Construction continues to reopen Highway 3 after the Hope Slide.
Image Credit: B.C. Ministry of Transportation

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