Hwy 3 open after rockslide

UPDATE: 11:50 a.m.

DriveBC reports that Highway 3 between Hedley and Keremeos is now open after an earlier rockslide.

UPDATE 9:15 a.m.

Keremeos mayor Manfred Bauer says a few people were forced from their homes late Friday night by the rockslide along Highway 3.

Emergency Social Services set up a coordination centre in the village to coordinate accommodation for those impacted. Bauer could not provide an estimate of how many homes were evacuated.

The provincial government is reportedly handling the situation. The highway remains closed with no estimated time of reopening. DriveBC will provide an update at 10 a.m.

Castanet will update as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: 7:08 a.m.

Highway 3 remains closed in both directions between Hedley and Keremeos due to a rockslide.

An assessment is in progress.

A detour is available via Highway 5A and Highway 3A. 

ORIGINAL: 10:30 p.m.

Highway 3 is closed in both directions between Hedley and Keremeos due to a rockslide.

DriveBC reports the highway is closed three kilometres west of Keremeos to two kilometres east of Hedley.

An assessment is in progress, but the road will stay closed until at least Saturday morning.

Social media reports indicate large boulders starting falling onto the highway some time after 8 p.m. and have continued to come down.

A RCMP roadblock has been set up on Highway 3 in Keremeos at the bypass.

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