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People trapped at Agassiz mountain resort for next five to six days

A washout along Hemlock Valley Road has trapped visitors at a Fraser Valley resort.
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February 01, 2020 - 5:31 PM

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has announced that a five to six-day plan will be implemented to open a part of Hemlock Valley Road that was closed last night after a washout destroyed a section of road.

There is only road available to travel to and from the Hemlock Valley community and Sasquatch Mountain Resort in Agassiz. Approximately one kilometre of road has been washed out, the ministry said in a news release.

“Residents of the Hemlock Valley community are advised to stay at home. People who are currently at the Sasquatch Mountain Resort are advised to stay at the resort until crews can clear the debris from the road for safe travel.”

“A plan is in place to restore one lane and implement single-lane alternating traffic. However, due to the significant extent of the washout, it will require approximately five to six days to complete,” the ministry said.

According to Shelby Lim, director of marketing at the resort,  more people are at the resort than usual because a race was scheduled for the weekend, with as many 500 people in the village and at the resort, including 100 staff members.

Ministry staff are communicating with Sasquatch Mountain Resort and the community association, the local government, the regional district and Emergency Management BC.

- With files from The Canadian Press


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