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Avalanche closes part of Highway 99

Last Updated May 4, 2018 at 2:49 pm PDT

An avalanche comes down on Highway 99 near Pemberton on May 4, 2018. (Courtesy the Ministry of Transportation)
Summary

A slide shuts down a portion of the Sea to Sky Highway

Crews clearing Highway 99 after spring avalanche

PEMBERTON (NEWS 1130) – A spring avalanche has shut down Highway 99 just east of Pemberton and there’s no indication right now of when the road might re-open.

Janelle Erwin with the Ministry of Transportation says a 110-metre stretch of road is now covered in a lot of snow.

“What we are looking to do is assess the area [to] make sure there is no possibility of any further snow coming down and then from there, once we’re comfortable with that, then we actually start removing the snow.”

She admits the amount of snow has made things messy. “There is a significant accumulation on the road right now, approximately 110 metres wide and between 7-9 metres deep. We have a lot of equipment waiting on stand-by ready to clear that path.”

Erwin adds there were no vehicles on that stretch of highway when the slide came down overnight and nobody was hurt.

As for why there was an avalanche at all, she says they haven’t figured that out yet and are, instead, focusing their attention on cleaning everything up.

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