Several people stranded on Highway 99 near Lillooet following mudslides

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LILLOOET - Several people were stranded overnight on Highway 99 north of Lillooet, B.C., after four vehicles got caught between two mudslides that closed a section of the road.

A storm hit the region at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday night.

Transportation Ministry spokesman Dan Palesch said 10 to 12 smaller slides came down in various locations through a segment of 10 to 12 kilometres.

The ministry's Drive BC site said Wednesday that the highway remains shut down in both directions from Lillooet to 35 kilometres north of the community.

There's no word on when it will reopen, and motorists were being advised to use Highway 12 and Highway 1 instead. Cleanup is underway according to a press release from the Ministry of Transportation.

Lillooet Mayor Dennis Bontron said no injuries have been reported from the slides.

"The slide came behind them and a slide was in front of them so they weren't able to continue on or go back," he said.

The storm also dumped hail that damaged one home, Bontron said.


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