Washout closes Eastside Rd.

UPDATE 5:45 p.m.

The Ministry of Transportation says Eastside Road is now closed due to a small slide north of Okanagan Falls.

In a statement to Castanet, the provincial government says staff have closed a section of the road pending a geotechnical assessment scheduled for Tuesday morning to determine necessary repairs.

A detour has been set up on McLean Creek road and residents in the area will be able access their homes.

“The ministry will continue to monitor this section over the weekend,” the statement says.

ORIGINAL 3:50 p.m.

The sharp eye of a boater on Skaha Lake may have averted a disaster, spotting a partial washout of Eastside Road north of Okanagan Falls.

Tera-Lee Derkatch-Caverly snapped a picture Sunday of the crumbling roadway, posted it to the local “Penticton” Facebook group and called RCMP.

Another Facebook user helped out Derkatch-Caverly, who is from out of town, and reported the small slide to the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen.

Police have attended and are inspecting the roadway, which remains open for the time being. The slide is located just south of Kipper Cove. 

Castanet has reached out to the provincial government will update as more information becomes available.

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