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Hwy. 99 partially open

12:10 p.m. update:

7:20 p.m. update:

Highway 99 is now reduced to single lane alternating traffic with a pilot car, due to the mudslide from Lillooet to 35 km north of the municipality. Delays up to 20 minutes expected.


3:15 p.m. update:

Highway 99 is still closed, DriveBC says the next update will be at 6 p.m.


Several people were stranded overnight on Highway 99 north of Lillooet, after four vehicles got caught between two mudslides that closed a section of the road.

A storm hit the region at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday night.

Transportation Ministry spokesman Dan Palesch said 10 to 12 smaller slides came down in various locations through a segment of 10 to 12 kilometres.

The ministry's Drive BC site said Wednesday that the highway remains shut down in both directions from Lillooet to 35 kilometres north of the community.

There's no word on when it will reopen, and motorists were being advised to use Highway 12 and Highway 1 instead.

Lillooet Mayor Dennis Bontron said no injuries have been reported from the slides.

"The slide came behind them and a slide was in front of them so they weren't able to continue on or go back," he said.

The storm also dumped hail that damaged one home, Bontron said. 

The next update will be at 3 p.m.

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A mudslide has closed Highway 99.

The route is blocked in both directions from Lillooet, to 35 km north of Lillooet, between Cache Creek and Lillooet. 

No local detour is available.

Alternate route via Highway 12 and Highway 1.

DriveBC has no estimated time of opening.

The Next update is scheduled for noon.

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