Posted: Jul 18, 2012 5:48 PM by Shelby Fenster - KPAX News
Updated: Jul 19, 2012 8:37 AM
MISSOULA- Diana Rodrigo and her brother Michael Taylor, who are visiting Glacier National Park from New York, saw the power of weather and captured it all on video. Heavy rain on Tuesday caused mudslides, which have since closed Going to the Sun Road between Avalanche Creek and Logan Pass on the west side of the park.
First, it was awe-inspiring, but then Rodrigo was afraid for her life. In Rodrigo's video, she can be heard, sobbing, "If you get this and I don't make it, I love you."
Rodrigo and several others were stranded when the rockfall began.
"The noise just sounded, like I said, a couple of freight trains," she said. "By that time, I had gotten back in the car and I stopped filming and I heard the noise. And I'm like, 'oh no! It's more'."
A park worker advised them to find a place to park with trees on the right hand side, to provide a barrier and Rodrigo is glad to be safe.
"If they were not working up there already, I don't know what would have happened. There's no signal service up there, so how would anybody know we were stranded up there?" she said.
Taylor said rocks fell behind and in front of their car. "...And around 100 feet, another mud slide, so basically we were stuck up there. But thank god for those workers. They had a backhoe able to clear a lane for us to get back down."
Park officials say Going t the Sun Road might be open to traffic again by Thursday. Meanwhile, visitors who still want to head up to Logan Pass can enter the park from St. mary and make the trek.