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UPDATE: 9:50 p.m.

Traffic along Highway 97 has returned to normal. The slide area has been stabilized, and it will be monitored throughout the night.

B.C Hyrdo has restored power to most customers. The ruptured sewer main has been isolated and service has been restored to most customers in a limited capacity. 

The District of Peachland is still asking that residents in the Renfrew Road, Ferguson Place, Sherburn Road, Stuart Crescent and 6469 - 6544 Bulyea Avenue areas reduce their water and sewer use as much as possible. 

UPDATE: 4:50 p.m.

Peachland Mayor Cindy Fortin says traffic is flowing again on Highway 97.

She stopped by the scene of the landslide on Renfrew Road to inspect the damage and says "It will be quite some time before Renfrew returns to two lanes."

Almost a full lane of the street collapsed in the landslide, Friday, which sent earth and trees tumbling down onto Highway 97.

Fortin said the municipality had been monitoring cracks that appeared in the road for a few days, along with some minor erosion.

Crews were working to cap off utility and water lines before the slide and line break – they just didn't get finished in time, she said.

Geotechnical reports will now be reviewed to determine what caused the landslide.

UPDATE: 3 p.m.

Emergency repairs are underway on a sewer line break at the scene of a landslide in Peachland.

Due to a power pole being undermined in the slide, power will be out for customers from Lipsett Street south to the Fish Lake area for what is expected to be a brief period this afternoon.

UPDATE: 2:45 p.m.

The District of Peachland says the landslide has limited traffic on Highway 97 to single-lane alternating, just north of Antlers Beach.

Emergency crews and equipment are on site, clearing the debris and managing traffic, along with staff and geotechnical engineers.

The slide ruptured a sewer main in the same location, and BC Hydro crews are on site monitoring a power pole that has been undermined.

No homes are threatened by the collapse, and no one has been injured.

Residents in the area are urged to reduce their water and sewer use as much as possible until further notice.

UPDATE: 1:40 p.m.

Photos from the scene of a landslide in Peachland show a large mass of earth and trees has slumped down off a hillside and is covering the southbound lane of Highway 97.

The slide happened on the stretch beside the lake where Highway 97 is two lanes wide.

The material appears to have fallen down from Renfrew Road.

ORIGINAL: 1:15 p.m.

Castanet is receiving reports that traffic on Highway 97 is tied up by a rockslide at Renfrew Road in Peachland.

Renfrew is a small frontage road, on the southbound side of the highway where it runs along the shore of Okanagan Lake.

It's unclear if any material involved in the slide is covering the highway, or just Renfrew.

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