UPDATE: TCH reopens after slide east of Canoe.

Closures include the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 97A

Updated: 1:45 p.m. May 6.

Drive BC is now confirming the Trans-Canada Highway is open to single-lane alternating traffic through the Canoe mudslide area.

Drivers should expect delays, as hundreds of semi trucks were stranded in Salmon Arm and Sicamous after the Trans-Canada and Highway 97A were shut down due to mudslides Friday. All those trucks are now waiting to get moving through the area.

Unconfimed reports say one lane of Highway 97A is open to alternating traffic, according to Drive BC it remains closed.

CP Rail is now moving approximately 15 trains which had been held up outside the city through Salmon Arm Saturday afternoon. Expect delays at rail crossings.

Updated: 12:40 p.m., May 6

Drivers are reportedly now able to travel between Sicamous and Grindrod via Highway 97A, with delays in 2 Mile as highway crews continue to work on culverts there. No confirmation yet from official sources.

Updated: 7:30 a.m. May 6.

Heavy rain and overflowing waterways throughout the North Okanagan and Shuswap have caused serious problems for highway traffic through the area.

The Trans-Canada Highway remains closed in both directions four kilometres east of Canoe due to a mudslide.

According to Drive BC a geotechnical assessment of the area began overnight but no estimated time of reopening has been given.

Highway 97 A is also closed in both directions due to a mudslide in the vicinity of Zetter Green Road, eight kilometres north of Grindrod. No detours are available. No estimate has been given on when the highway will reopen.

Original:

Drivers planning to use the highways through the Shuswap should be prepared for long delays.

Mud and water on the highway approximately three kilometres east of Canoe has caused a closure of both lanes as crews attempt to deal with mud, debris and water on the roadway.

Currently, the road is closed.

The Trans-Canada Highway is also closed in Sorrento near Markwart Road until further assessment.

The alternate route on Highway 97A is also having issues with mudslides. Drivers are also being turned back from heading that route as an alternative way to travel around the Trans-Canada closure.

A slide has been reported in the Mara area.

Riverside Road, which was also being used as a Highway 97A detour is now also closed due to a washout.

Water is pooling on all major routes in the Shuswap.

In addition, local roads including Salmon River Road in the 2000-block is also experiencing flooding, as is the 700 block of Mable Lake Road and Deep Creek Road near Schoolhouse Road.

Drivers are advised to use caution, especially as night falls in all areas of the Shuswap.

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