UPDATE: Squamish Service Road reopened
VANCOUVER, B.C. — A section of the Squamish River Forest Service Road that was washed out over the weekend has now re-opened.
The washout left hundreds of people stuck on the other side, according to a spokesperson from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
The washout was caused by heavy rain at the 23-kilometre marker of the road, where it crosses Mud Creek. The Ministry was notified of the incident at 8 a.m. Sunday, and they expect it occurred late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
Hundreds of people were camping in the area. Ministry staff, local RCMP, Squamish Search and Rescue and Squamish First Nations were on site, offering the campers their assistance.
Three women interviewed by Global News were able to crawl through the muddy terrain, and out to the other side of the road. They described seeing, “canyons of mud.”
Ministry officials said that was the only way people could leave the site, before the road re-opened this afternoon. They were urging people to stay put, due to the possibility of another slide.
Washouts occur frequently in this area.
– With Files from Julia Foy.
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