07/17/2015 11:04 EDT | Updated 07/17/2016 05:59 EDT

Landslide Near Likely, B.C. Possibly Caused By Collapsed Beaver Dam

At least 3,000 cubic metres of material came flowing down the hill after a structure collapsed.

LIKELY, B.C. - It's expected to be at least four days before the only road to several rural properties in the central Interior community of Likely can be reopened to single lane traffic after a significant slide.

Fourteen properties have been cut off and one home may be damaged after a beaver dam, or some other structure, collapsed late Thursday afternoon.

Cariboo Regional District Chairman Al Richmond says 3,000 cubic metres of material came down in a slide near Keithley Creek, close to Cariboo Lake, about 20 kilometres northeast of Likely.

He says a geotechnical expert flew over the area Thursday evening and believes some type of dam or blockage at the end of a waterway collapsed, sending debris cascading down the hillside, past one house.

Everyone in the home got out safely and Richmond says video shows the house is still standing but there's no way to tell how badly it is damaged.

He says the 14 affected properties are completely isolated and the regional district is putting together a plan to ensure trapped residents are safe and can get adequate supplies. (CHNL)


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