Search and rescue teams continuing search for senior missing after mudslide near Salmon Arm

FILE PHOTO: An evacuation order has been issued for 13 properties after a mudslide at Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road, May 6, 2017.
Image Credit: CONTRIBUTED/Columbia Shuswap Regional District

SALMON ARM - Search and rescue teams are still on the scene of a landslide near Tappen searching for a missing senior.

The Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Team, which arrived from Vancouver yesterday, and the Shuswap Search and Rescue Team are working to find a 76-year-old man who was reported missing after a mudslide hit his home on the 5900 block of Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road.

RCMP and staff from the transportation ministry are also on scene, according to a press release.

Rescue activities began yesterday after a geotechnical assessment of the area, but had to be called off after night fell. They restarted activities this morning, May 7, at 8 a.m.

An evacuation order for 13 properties in the area remains in effect due to high water issues in Robinson Creek.

Residents who live on the other side of the landslide area are not allowed to travel through the evacuated area yet. There is no estimated time for reopening.

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