The Seymour Main Forest Service road was closed Saturday, May 6 due to two mudslides in the area. -Image Credit: File photo

Four people initially trapped by St. Ives landslides

Search and rescue, police and fire crews provide help on Friday, May 5.

On Friday, May 5 at 4:52 p.m., Chase RCMP received a report of a large landslide on Squilax Anglemont Road near St. Ives in the North Shuswap.

Police responded with the Anglemont Fire Department and determined that four people had been trapped between two landslides.

Shuswap Search and Rescue was dispatched and were able to locate and transport the people to a safe area. Officials report that no injuries were sustained by anyone involved.

No more information about the people trapped has been released.

The slides actually took place at the two-kilometre and three-kilometre marks on the Seymour Main Forest Service Road northeast of St. Ives in Electoral Area F.

The forest service road remains closed in both directions northeast of St. Ives and will remain closed until further notice, according to the Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s Shuswap Emergency Program.

The CSRD has not received any indication from the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations as to when the Seymour Main Forest Service Road will reopen.

The ministry advised on Sunday, May 7 that an alternate vehicle route along the 1020 Blueberry Celista Forest Service Road is passable for residents of Seymour Arm if required.

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