Hundreds stranded in B.C. town after mudslide cuts power, knocks out bridge

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:09 AM ET

A mudslide in B.C.'s North Okanagan wrecked a bridge and cut power to nearly 300 people people in Mable Lake Friday.

Leigh Pearson, with Vernon Search and Rescue, told radio station News 1130 what he saw when his crews were dispatched to look for anyone who may have been buried in the slide.

"About 300 feet of the road has been taken out. There is a massive amount of debris. I would say several hundred large trees, trees in excess of 100 feet tall, were taken out by this flash flood," Pearson said.

The slide was triggered when Cooke Creek, which runs into the Shuswap River, was blocked by some sort of obstruction. It then gave way from the weight of the water.

Pearson said Mable Lake is home to a golf course, a large campground and a mobile home park.

"Probably around 300 people live there. Right now, they have no road, no telephone, no hydro."

 


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