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Debris flow prompts evacuation order in Shuswap

A debris flow Wednesday prompted an evacuation order for residents in the area.
Image Credit: Shuswap Emergency Program
April 24, 2014 - 1:39 PM

SHUSWAP - An evacuation order remains in place for residents living by McIntyre Creek near Salmon Arm due to a large flow of debris Wednesday.

Debris in the creek created flooding and slide concerns for people and property in the area, and as a precaution, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District has put residents living 50 metres on either side of the creek on evacuation order.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is on site today clearing and repairing Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road, located about 15 km from the TransCanada Highway. The road will be closed for some time Thursday so crews can conduct repairs.

Due to the instability of the area and other safety concerns, the public is asked to keep clear of the incident site and assist in lowering traffic flow until further notice.

Uncertainty of debris stability, coupled with a 10 to 12 mm of rain forecasted for the Shuswap area by Environment Canada, were deciding factors in the decision to maintain the Evacuation Order until further assessment has been conducted.

Those residents requiring Emergency Support Services are asked to report to the Reception Centre located at #2-480 Harbour Front Drive NE, Salmon Arm.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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