State of emergency declared after landslide closes Highway 99 near Lillooet, Canada

A landslide on Highway 99 near Lillooet has prompted a local First Nation to declare a state of emergency. Highway 99 is closed 15 kilometres north of Lillooet from Fountain Valley road to Pavillion-Clinton Road because of the slide. There is a detour via Highway 1 or Highway 12, according to Drive BC.
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STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED
 
A landslide on Highway 99 near Lillooet has prompted a local First Nation to declare a state of emergency.
 
Highway 99 is closed 15 kilometres north of Lillooet from Fountain Valley road to Pavillion-Clinton Road because of the slide. There is a detour via Highway 1 or Highway 12, according to Drive BC.
 
Some members of the Xaxli’p First Nation are unable to travel to Lillooet for work or school, although they can travel to Cache Creek or Ashcroft. The First Nation has declared a state of emergency, which allows them access to provincial funding.
 
“No one is trapped… but this is a big deal for the First Nations community,” said Mike Lorimer, regional director with the B.C. Ministry of Transportation.
 
Lorimer said the landslide in this area has been active for decades. “It is a large piece of earth that has deep instabilities, and there has been continual movement over time,” he said.
 
This week, engineers and consultants studying the landslide have seen much higher levels of movement, causing the roadbed to slip about three feet, he added.
 
Lorimer said with the drier weather in the forecast, engineers are hopeful that the slide will stabilize itself in four or five days. He said at this point there is not much they can do to fix the problem.
 
He said a team of engineers has been studying the slide zone for about six months to determine what is causing the active landslide.
 
Chief Darrell Bob of the Xaxli’p First Nation was in a meeting Thursday morning, and not immediately available for comment.
Courtesy of vancouversun.com
 

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