Pash, who now lives in Victoria, was a 20-year-old radio news reporter at the time, working for CHWK and living in Chilliwack when he became one of the first to get wind of what happened.
“After arriving at work at 5:30 a.m. I started the regular police checks up the valley,” Pash said.
He called RCMP detachments from Abbotsford to Boston Bar, checking for overnight incidents like fatalities on the 401, which Highway 1 was called in the mid-60s.
But on that fateful morning, the Hope RCMP watch commander told him there’d been a couple of small slides up the Hope-Princeton, and that they had sent a car to investigate.
“He called back a half hour later and we learned that the whole mountain had come down,” Pash said.
They had no idea it would be recognized as the most devastating landslide disaster in the country at the time.
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