Second mudslide at Eagle Bay

This was the site of a mudslide that came down on March 29 near the 5900 block of Eagle Bay Road. - Salmon Arm Observer
This was the site of a mudslide that came down on March 29 near the 5900 block of Eagle Bay Road.
— image credit: Salmon Arm Observer

A mudslide, the second in 10 days, took place on Eagle Bay Road on Monday morning.

The incident happened  April 7 at approximately 7 a.m. when approximately 20 trees and 30 cubic metres of mud came down, blocking the road.

An report from the Salmon Arm RCMP indicates the slide is in the same location as the previous slide, which was in the 5900 block of Eagle Bay Road.

"Police attended the scene and there is no damage to persons or property," said Staff Sgt. Kevin Keane.

A maintenance crew had the road re-opened to traffic at approximately noon Monday. A ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure spokesperson says an excavator will be left on site for a quicker response in case there’s another occurrence.

"Sometimes during spring thaw, when soils are weakened (saturated with water, no longer frozen) there will be minor sluffs such as this," states the Mininstry's press release.

Last week, crews from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure surveyed the bank that gave way March 29 creating a minor mud slide which temporarily blocked Eagle Bay Road and cut power to some residents. They were attempting to determine if additional remedial work was needed. However, at that time, it was determined no further remediation was required and no additional work was done.

That slide covered roughly 100 feet of the roadway with mud approximately one foot deep.

A number of trees were taken out by the slide, which also brought down power to the immediate area affecting approximately 200 homes.

Highway maintenance crews were immediately dispatched and had the roadway cleared by midnight. BC Hydro crews also had power restored later that same night.

There were no nearby structures and no people were involved.

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