WHISTLER, B.C. – Torrential rainfall changed a simple bus run from the Whistler resort area to Vancouver into a 2-1/2-day drama for Whistler Limousine and about 210 passengers.
Four of Whistler Limousine’s chauffeurs were taking the passengers in chartered buses when the deluge hit and washed out portions of Highway 99, the only road between the two, according to president Joel Wilson.
They were forced to return to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, where the lawyers’ conference had been held.
Wilson arranged, at clients’ expense, for floatplanes and helicopters to get some of them to Vancouver.
Others were ferried down the road during intermittent openings. They often traveled a few hours at a time, waiting for parts of it to be filled with gravel and opened again.
– Alisha Gomez