About 600 people remain stranded by a mudslide that hit the Fairmont Hot Springs resort in southeastern B.C. on Sunday (July 15), as crews work to restore access to the area and clear the debris from the resort.
CBC News reported that the mudslide swept down a creek bed through the popular resort town north of Cranbrook at about 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time) Sunday, as people scrambled to get out of the way.
On Monday morning, most roads in the area were reopened after the mudslide closed Highway 93/95 for several hours on Sunday, forcing the evacuation of large parts of the resort.
Doug Clovechok watched the torrent of water, mud, boulders, logs and at least one car rush past one resort and take out another down the road.
“There’s millions of dollars of damage done here to the resort and it’s beyond belief,” said Clovechok.
Search and rescue manager Ian Cunnings said about 100 people were displaced, but so far there have been no reports of major injuries or people missing.
“There have been subjects rescued by the fire department as well as by (search and rescue) resources using rope and helicopter,” said Cunnings.
The highway was eventually reopened, but a bridge on the only road in and out of the RV park has yet to be repaired, leaving campers stranded.