Update Saturday, July 4 8:25 a.m.:
Horsefly Lake Road is open to single lane alternating traffic after being closed overnight just past the Horsefly River Bridge. According to DriveBC, four wheel drive traffic only is able to get through.
Original Friday, July 3, 11 p.m.:
Horsefly Lake Road was closed at Horsefly River Bridge Friday night, July 3, at 9 p.m. due to the threat posed by rising water levels.
Members of the Horsefly Volunteer Fire Department and Dawson Road Maintenance were on hand to manage the situation Friday night, which began to unfold over the week in the Horsefly and Blackcreek areas after heavy rains Tuesday and Wednesday.
Water is flooding the river campsite and Horsefly Lake Road. The closure means anyone wanting to travel to or from resorts such as Plato Island and Elysia Resort on Quesnel Lake as well as residents in those areas and the Blackcreek area could be temporarily stranded.
The Horsefly River bridge was closed to traffic at 9 p.m., July 3rd due to flooding. Water is flowing through the campsite and over the road. pic.twitter.com/XSZUSuoJUu
— Williams Lake Tribune (@WLTribune) July 4, 2020
Responders on scene said there are concerns in the Blackcreek area that the Woodjam Bridge is not safe to use. The Moffat Creek Bridge has also been washed out by high water between Mile 108 Horsefly Road and Starlike Lake Road.
Significant rainfall has fallen over the past 48 hours across the B.C. Interior with amounts over the past two days in the 30-80 mm range in the Peace and North-east, 25-35 mm in the Upper Fraser, 25-65 mm in the Cariboo Mountains and 30-50 mm in the Chilcotin, according to the BC River Forecast Centre.
Motorists needing to travel in the area of Horsefly Lake Road are asked to watch DriveBC for the latest information on the Horsefly Bridge closure.