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Swept away in mudslide

A woman was swept away in her car during a massive mudslide on Vancouver Island, early Monday.

The washout happened on Rumming Road in Lantzville about 12:30 a.m. 

Responding firefighters arrived to find a gaping hole in the road up to 12 metres deep.

The vehicle was about halfway down the washout, deputy fire chief John Marment told CTV, and was getting hit with water, mud and debris.

"The car was upside down and she was standing on the roof of the vehicle. She was up to her waist in water and mud," he said.

Nanaimo Search and Rescue retrieved the woman, who was sent to hospital for assessment.

Road crews set up a pump to divert water from the washout.

"Both lanes were washed out, and it's probably about 30 or 40 feet deep just along the roadway. It'll be maybe 60 or 70 feet deep a little downstream. It was quite a deep trench," said Emcon operations manager Oliver Watson.

The road will remain closed indefinitely.

Up to 100 millimetres of rain led to several lesser washouts and flooding on roads across the Island.

– with files from CTV Vancouver Island



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