May 2, 2014 7:14 pm

McIntyre Creek slide area still unstable

McIntyre Creek evacuation order remains in place for seven homes.

Global Okanagan

NEAR TAPPEN, B.C. – An evacuation order remains for seven homes in the Shuswap due to a slide that came down near McIntyre Creek more than a week ago.

An onslaught of rock, trees and mud cascaded down the creek April 23rd, covering Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Road near Tappen with three metres of debris.

Crews worked to install a culvert and repair the roadbed.

A geotechnical assessment has determined conditions remain precarious above McIntyre Creek.

Cathy Semchuk with the Shuswap Emergency Management program says the engineering report says a large section of the hillside is unstable.

Daytime heating has quickly melted snow, which has saturated the ground, says Semchuk. Thundershowers in the forecast combined with rain could concentrate the water.

The public is also asked to remain out of the incident area, while travelers are asked to respect road signs that the area is a no stop zone.

Updated evacuation information can be found at http://www.csrd.bc.ca

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