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Fairmont Hot Springs reopens after mudslide

08/04/2012 01:07 EDT | Updated 10/03/2012 05:12 EDT
Fairmont Hot Springs reopened for business Friday, just in time for the long weekend.

The resort was closed three weeks ago after a mudslide hit Fairmont, B.C., and covered the highway, golf course and RV park with rocks and mud.

Marke Dickson, a spokesperson for the resort, said the slide disrupted the resort's water supplies, and it proved to be a major obstacle getting them back online.

She said the drinking water supply was cut off, and the main source of the hot springs was buried six meters under rubble.

“We had to use GPS coordinates to locate exactly where the sources of the three main springs are. So we had those coordinates and we moved in with the heavy equipment," he said.

“It was a pretty exciting day when we saw that hot water bubbling up from the ground again.”

A pedestrian bridge connecting the RV park to the springs is still out of service.

The mudslide caused millions of dollars of damage and work crews are still in the area, reinforcing creek banks.

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