Highway 3 in Keremeos closed by rock slide that impacted local RV Park; 25-30 people evacuated

Slide causes evacuations

UPDATE: 3:32 p.m.

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen director responsible for Electoral Area G, rural Keremeos, says no one was hurt in the rock slide late Monday morning but a tactical evacuation has taken place for the RV Park while further assessments are made.

Approximately 25-30 people have been evacuated from Eagle RV Park on Highway 3, according to director Tim Roberts.

"There's an [Emergency Support Services] reception centre at the Village of Keremeos Victory Hall," Roberts said.

"Right now, of course, we are going to have Highway 3 closed until the Ministry of Transportation through their geotechnical wing is able to clear the road of further danger. But there are and continues to be small rock falls. This time of year, with the amount of water after our freeze, it's a certain thing that does happen."

There is a bypass available for light vehicles only. Commuters can follow signs and traffic control personnel on scene.

Roberts said he and others in the government have been working with emergency services and BC Ambulance to come up with tactical plans just in case things escalate.

"You have to think of transportation and dealing with the health and safety of those people on either side [of the highway] when there is a slide so, you know, those are ongoing discussions and pre-planning," Roberts said.

"Looking at what could or may happen. Hopefully it doesn't."

Only the Eagle RV Park has been evacuated at this time.

ORIGINAL: 1 p.m.

Highway 3 west of Keremeos is closed in both directions due to a rock slide that hit at least one trailer at a nearby RV park.

The slide impacted the area around the Fas Gas and Eagle RV Park, which are between Ashnola Road and 10th Avenue, Monday.

Reports indicate some property damage. One Keremeos man took photos of his family member's trailer that was hit by a massive boulder that ripped through its exterior.

The man said no one was hurt due to that particular boulder. There is no confirmation yet as to whether anyone was injured due to the event overall.

RCMP are on scene and Castanet is told the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is monitoring the situation.

Highway 3 will remain closed to heavy vehicles until further notice. Light vehicles can detour through River Road by following detour signs and obeying traffic control personnel.

AIM Roads reports there will be a geotechnical assessment this afternoon, and they expect to provide an update at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning on the status of the highway.

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