BC family cut off but OK
At least one British Columbia family affected by severe flooding that cut them off from the outside world, except on foot or by helicopter, said “don’t worry about us.”
Jeremiah Steberl, his wife, son, parents and another couple live off-grid between Hope and Merritt just off the Coquihalla Highway.
Jeremiah and his father Mark have their own YouTube channel and have posted amazing videos of the destruction caused by the torrential rains around their home near Carolin Mines on the road to Coquihalla.
“One of our subscribers took it upon himself to call search and rescue on our behalf, which was not the right thing to do,” Steberl told Castanet in an interview.
Because of this call, a helicopter pilot drove through a snowstorm to reach them. The family had to explain that they had water, electricity and enough food for a few months.
“We have jobs in the city, but it’s a great excuse not to go to work on Monday,” Steberl said.
Steberl and his father spend their time editing some great videos that show the severity of the storm damage.
“If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes I wouldn’t have believed it, every year we have some kind of event where we are cut off from the city,” Steberl says.
Mark Steberl bought the property in 1997 and the family have regularly added outhouses and alternative food from a combination of solar power and water from Sowaqua Creek.
Stebrel tells Castanet that nearby cell phone towers are down but he still has internet thanks to Starlink, so they’re watching closely for the next storm.
“Our property is a bit higher than the Coquihalla River so we think we’ll be fine,” Stebrel said.
Jeremiah Steberl with his father Mark near Carolin Mines on Coquihalla Hwy.