"On this day" - October 28-The Britannia Beach Disaster

The Britannia Beach Disaster: One of Canada’s worst natural disasters happened at the Britannia Mine Complex in the rugged Coast Mountains of southwest British Columbia. On October 28 1921, a sudden outburst flood struck Britannia Beach, the main living quarters site of the Britannia Mine. A wall of water, reported to be 20 metres high, raced down the side of the mountain from the mine complex and swept through the village. More than 50 of the 110 houses in the community were destroyed by the flood or swept out to sea. 37 people drowned in the flood. 35 families lost their homes



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