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The Boot

So much rain had fallen on the West Coast in such a short time in Oct. 2003. Squamish, Whistler and the Pemberton valley would be flooded and lots of people would be stranded. The first night of the worst rains would wash out the Rutherford Creek bridge between Whistler and Pemberton. That night a group of young men left their late night jobs in Whistler and headed home to Pemberton. Halfway home their car plunged into Rutherford Creek as there was no way to know the bridge was gone. All but one died and in the aftermath fundraisers were held all over the valley. The Hip, as I understood it, we're recording an album in Vancouver and told their manager to arrange a couple of nights at The Boot Pub - the locals' living room. They would donate proceeds from those two nights to a trust fund set up for the young men that parished on that night. The show was amazing and helped to heal a lot of souls. Something so awful was made a little easier. Thanks Hip!

Submitted by: John Snelgrove


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