|The 16th hole at Fairmont Hot Springs golf course shows some of the mudslide damage on Monday July 16, 2012. A mudslide swept down a creek bed in the popular resort town on Sunday July 15, 2012 trapping hundreds of campers. A massive clean-up effort continues in the area. (NIGEL WAINWRIGHT/ QMI AGENCY)
Another landslide struck the Kootenays on Tuesday, this time near Castlegar, B.C., where three homes were evacuated as a precautionary measure.
The latest disaster comes on the heels of the deadly slide that buried four people in Johnsons Landing last week and another Sunday at Fairmont Hot Springs.
The slide hit the tiny town of Thrums -- about three kilometres east of Castlegar -- late in the afternoon, forcing the closure of Highway 3A in both directions. It was reopened a short time later.
No injuries were reported as of press time, though RCMP “tactically evacuated three homes,” said Frances Maika, of the Regional District of Central Kootenay.
A geotechnical expert was called to site.
“Based on what they’ve seen, they see no need to evacuate more people,” she said.
Afternoon rains pounded the region and caused waterways to slough off, flooding several homes and businesses in Castlegar and forcing the closure of the main road into Selkirk College, said the city’s chief administrative officer John Malcolm.
“The radio is going bonkers, (emergency crews) are getting calls every couple minutes.
“It’s almost tipping the balance in a couple of spots.”
Sandbags were being prepped for homeowners and companies to protect structures.
Rescue and recovery crews resumed the search for the remaining two people still missing in Johnsons Landing. Efforts focused on the area where two bodies were recovered and the foundation of the neighbouring cabin.
In the meantime, RCMP said there were no reports of overdue travellers or missing people since the Fairmont area landslide to the east.
-- with files from Michael Wood