Valemount, B.C. – Highway 16 East Closed Due to Avalanche, Jan. 13, 2014

Still unknown if any vehicles have been buried due to dangerous conditions at scene

January 13th, 2014

Valemount RCMP are advising the public of a large landslide, due to an avalanche, on Shale Hill near Mount Robson. The slide was reported at 9:30am and is approximately 400 meters wide.

Highway 16 East is completely blocked and there are no detours available. Ministry of Transportation continue to assess the incident and an Avalanche Technician is en route to the area at this time.

Lakes District Maintenance crews are on scene assessing the scale and scope of the slide.  It is currently unknown if any vehicles were involved or caught in the Avalanche.

Ministry of Transportation has advised that the risk of additional slides is very high and it is too dangerous to enter the current slide area to look for vehicles.

Please be advised that Flagger Crews are being put in place at both ends of the slide and in Jasper, Tete Jaune, McBride, and Valemount.

Highway 1 is also currently closed indefinitely due to the risk of avalanches.

For any updates in road closures and conditions please visit the DriveBC website.

 

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