Updated 7:53 p.m.:
Residents stranded on the far side of Eagle Bay Road are being advised to stay in place.
“We would like everyone to remain where they are and wait for further information. We should have a clearer picture after the ministry takes a better look,” says Ryan Nitchie, an information officer with the Shuswap Emergency Program.
A helicopter was being used by Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure workers Thursday evening to assess a creek and the water situation at higher elevations.
Currently the only access around the blocked road is by boat on Shuswap Lake.
Updated 6:56 p.m.:
According to area resident Terry Clark, the RCMP have gone door to door in the area near the washout and have confirmed all at-risk homes, particularly the one with the damaged propane tank are empty.
“The house, I’m not sure what the lady’s name is, they took off to town. Thank god they weren’t around there,” he said.
Clark praised the quick response time of the RCMP and other emergency services.
Updated 6:47 p.m.:
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure crews are on scene evaluating the incident.
The Shuswap Emergency Program has activated an Emergency Operations Centre as well as a comfort centre for residents affected by the washout. The comfort centre is located at at the Eagle Bay Community Hall; 4326 Eagle Bay Road. Emergency Support Services personnel will be available to provide information on the incident.
Updated 6:15 p.m.:
Reports from the scene indicate a large portion of Eagle Bay Road is washed out, temporarily cutting off road access to those on the far side.
“It’s about 20 feet of road and last we checked the ditch is probably about 30 feet deep,” said Marc Zaichkowsky, a Captain with the Tappen-Sunnybrae Fire Department who is one of a 14-man construction crew currently stranded at their job site by the damaged road.
Zaichkowsky said the washout is in the vicinity of 6111 Eagle Bay Road; he is unaware of any injuries resulting from washout.
He said the main stream which washed out the road did not affect any houses, but water flowing down a drainage ditch has washed onto a property, knocking a house’s propane tank loose. Zaichkowsky said he is unaware of the extent of the damage to the house.
“Due to my connections on the department I got the ball rolling with emergency services and everything involved with that because we were first on scene pretty much there,” Zaichkowsky said.
He estimates two dozen construction workers as well as an unknown number of residents are stranded on Eagle Bay Road beyond the washout.
Zaichowsky and the rest of his construction crew plan to get out of the area by boat tonight.
More to come.
A landslide has been reported in the Eagle Bay area.
At approximately 3 p.m., JPW Road crews reported a mudslide in the Eagle Bay area. It is reported to be in the area of the 6000 block of Eagle Bay Road near Armstrong Road, east of Cinnemousun Narrows Provincial Park.
Reports indicate the road has been totally washed out at this time, but there are no indications anyone has been injured or that there has been damage to residences.
The Eagle Bay Volunteer Fire Department and CSRD fire services have responded. It is not known what plans will be in place to restore transportation access for residents on the blocked off side of the slide.
The Observer is contacting sources and awaiting confirmation of details.
More to come.