Update: Landslide cuts off Trans-Canada west of Revelstoke

A landslide about 8-kilometres west of Revelstoke is forecast to keep the Trans-Canada closed until about 10 a.m. Sunday.

This landslide has blocked the Trans-Canada Highway about eight kilometres west of Revelstoke.

Update, Sunday, June 17, 1:15 p.m.

DriveBC is now reporting the highway is open at the site of the slide.

Update, Sunday, June 17, 8:45 a.m.

DriveBC has now pushed back the estimated opening time to 11 a.m. They will be providing a new update at 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, June 16

A landslide swept debris onto the Trans-Canada Highway sometime around 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, blocking the highway at a point about eight kilometres west of Revelstoke.

DriveBC first reported at about 7:40 p.m. that the slide would be cleared in about an hour.

Soon afterwards, they revised that estimate to more than 12 hours. Currently, DriveBC is forecasting the highway will be closed overnight and will re-open at about 10 a.m. on Sunday. DriveBC is expressing “low confidence” in that estimate.

DriveBC will provide an update on the situation at 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 17.

This is the second major disruption of the Trans-Canada Highway caused by a landslide in recent weeks in the Revelstoke area. A June 6 mudslide near the eastern boundary of Glacier National Park cut off the Trans-Canada for over 20 hours.

It has been raining heavily in the Revelstoke area for most of the day. Environment Canada had the West Columbia region under a rainfall warning today. That warning has been extended to tonight, with 5–10 millimetres of rain expected. Severe thunderstorms had been forecast for tonight, but are no longer forecast.

 

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