"We're basically cut off from the world," Linda McNutt, a volunteer with the fire department in nearby community of Edgewood told Daybreak South's Chris Walker.
McNutt said while Edgewood has its own ambulance service, the community relies on Nakusp for police services, medical appointments and the high school.
She said people living in Needles, on the other side of the slide, also rely on the Edgewood Fire Department.
"They are completely without fire services as well," she said.
McNutt said the weather has been mild, with the snow melting, which she believes may have caused the slide.
DriveBC has not given an estimated time that the highway will re-open.
On mobile? Click here to see of map of where the mudslide has closed the highway.
To hear the full interview with Linda McNutt, click the audio labelled: Edgewood 'cut off from the world' after mudslide.