BRITISH COLUMBIA

Okanagan Mudslide Causes Home Evacuation, Vehicle Damage, Highway Closure

02/16/2015 01:17 EST | Updated 04/18/2015 05:59 EDT
Google Maps
SICAMOUS, B.C. - A mudslide in the Okanagan has caused a home evacuation and closed a major road.

UPDATE, Feb. 17: The highway reopened to single lane traffic at about noon Monday, and fully opened about six hours later. The Ministry of Transportation says the cause of the mudslide is under investigation, but is likely related to unseasonably warm and wet conditions.

The slew of mud and debris came down 13 kilometres south of Sicamous, B.C., at around midnight Sunday.

RCMP say a residence was evacuated and three vehicles on the property were damaged.

The slide covered part of Highway 97A, and a stretch of the road is closed as geotechnical crews assess the area.

Drivers are being advised to take alternate routes along Highway 97B or Highway 1. (CKIZ)

Also on HuffPost

B.C. Highway 99 Mudslides, August 2014