NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Clean up is still underway after a large mudslide hit Grouse Mountain’s parking lot following Thursday’s storm.
Crews continue to clear mud, rock and debris which covered a large part of the upper and lower parking lot.
“Plenty of crew members with shovels and hoses,” says City TV reporter Andrea Macpherson who is at the scene. “There’s a lot of tape cordoning off certain areas where they are not letting people go through.”
At the time of the slide, Grouse was closed as it was doing its seasonal maintenance and wasn’t scheduled to open until Nov. 12.
Mucky mess after #mudslide @grousemountain. This is the clean up scene from the lower parking lot. They will not let me get past this point. @CityNewsVAN @BT_Vancouver @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/Ha2ozv2eqe
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It still unknown how long the clean up will take but Julia Grant with Grouse Mountain says they don’t expect it to affect them too much.
“We don’t expect it to impact our seasonal maintenance,” Grant says. “We expect to reopen as planned.”
Grant says luckily no injuries have been reported and says there doesn’t appear to be any significant damage.
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“The north parking lot here at Grouse Mountain, you can see that about half of it is covered in mud. They do have the crews here working to clear that away,” said Darren Grieve in our Air Traffic Patrol. “The lower parking lot right next to the gondola station itself is also very, very muddy, so a big mess here.”
This follows Thursday’s rainfall warning across Metro Vancouver. The North Shore saw approximately 50 millimetres of rain, which Grant says may have contributed to the mudslide.
“We believe that it came from the Metro Vancouver watershed lands that are adjacent to Grouse Mountain. So Metro Vancouver has some crews on site assessing,” she adds.
-With files from Andrea Macpherson and Lasia Kretzel