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Landslide endangers lake users

The massive debris slide that brought huge trees and debris down Cooke Creek the morning of May 2 is now causing a new problem.

The landslide debris which left hundreds trapped for days has made its way through the Shuswap River water course and into Mara Lake.

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District is now warning boaters and lake users of the potential hazard of tree limbs and slide debris in Mara Lake.

“The Shuswap Emergency Program would like to stress to all lake users and boaters to be aware of the increase of debris hazards,” stated the CSRD in a public awareness advisory.

“Logs that are floating in the water have a low-profile and are very hard to see with a slight bit of chop. Boaters are urged to slow down and be aware of their surroundings especially during inclement weather.”

SEP also reports that Salmon Arm RCMP continue to enforce the evacuation zone related to the McIntyre Creek debris flow into Shuswap Lake.

“The RCMP have placed a log boom in the waters at a distance of 50 feet from the evacuation area to ensure the safety of the public by restricting access to a dangerous area.”

Boaters are also being advised to keep clear of this area and if traveling at night watch for the flashing warning lights indicating the location of the log boom.

For more information regarding flooding and emergency preparedness, please visit their website at www.csrd.bc.ca.

To report a flooding incident involving immediate danger to life, call: 911

Report all other debris flow emergencies to the 24/7 Provincial Emergency Reporting Line 1.800.663.3456  

 

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