April 13, 2018 12:34 pm
Updated: April 15, 2018 1:42 pm

Landslide caused closure of Highway 3A east of Keremeos will be lengthy

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UPDATE: There is no estimated time for opening Highway 3A.

The next update from DriveBC is expected at 4:00 p.m. Sunday.

An Emergency Operations Centre information release from the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen states the highway will be closed “for the near future”.

 

A large landslide has closed Highway 3A at Yellow Lake between Keremeos and the Highway 97 junction near Kaleden.

A witness says it’s the most incredible thing he has ever seen as he drove up to the slide site just after 7:00 a.m. Friday.

“There were rocks coming down the mountain into the lake the size of dump trucks,” says Brian Fisher.

He says some drivers had to quickly back up to get out of the danger zone as muddy debris, including trees, cascaded onto the highway.

There are no reports of any injuries.

There are lengthy detour routes around the highway closure.

WATCH ABOVE: Watch as the landslide debris is swept into Yellow Lake

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