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Hwy 3A closed all night

UPDATE: 4 p.m.

Motorists are advised that Green Mountain Road should be avoided as a detour. There are unconfirmed reports it is open only to local traffic heading to Apex Mountain. Given the poor condition of the road, the Penticton Indian Band is recommending traffic stays on highways and detours through Osoyoos.

Its expected Highway 3A will stay closed, about 18.5 km north of Keremeos, until at least midday Saturday.


UPDATE: 12:50 p.m.

Highway 3A at Yellow Lake will be closed until at least midday Saturday as crews clean up a mudslide, according to DriveBC.

The mudslide spewed debris all over the highway at about 7 a.m. on Friday morning, about 18 kilometres north of Keremeos.

An alternate route is available via Highway 97 and Highway 3. 

DriveBC said the next update will be expected at noon on Saturday.


UPDATE: 8:35 a.m.

DriveBC now indicates Highway 3A is closed in both directions 18 km east of Keremeos because of a mudslide.

If you are headed in that direction, you are advised to detour at the Keremeos junction and use Highway 3 to Highway 97 and Kaleden junction use Highway 97 to Highway 3.

There is no estimated time of opening.


ORIGINAL: 8:15 a.m.

More mudslide issues in the Okanagan Friday morning.

The latest is by Yellow Lake on Highway 3A between the rest stop and the Twin Lake Road turn off.

Jared Hayhurst drives a logging truck and he tells Castanet he's never seen anything like it. "Just flowing mud rock, trees, just blasting down the mountain across the road and into the lake there."

Traffic in both directions was stopped completely at 6:30 a.m.

Hayhurst says if his timing had been a little different he feels his truck would have been swept away, "oh easily 2 minutes and I would have been right in the middle of it."



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