RAW Video: Pemberton Portage Road Mudslide

UPDATE Sept 24, 9 a.m.: The Pemberton Portage Road is now open to two lanes of traffic.

road open after mudslide
Here is initial video footage of the mudslide that closed Pemberton Portage Road, 25 km north of Pemberton, on Sunday (Sept 20). As you can see, there is a lot of debris. About 200-300 metres of road is covered, and it’s between two and four metres deep. Three large BC Hydro transmission towers and a small distribution line, along with CN rail tracks, are impacted.

The safety of crews and the public are top priority while geotechnical engineers assess the situation. Once the assessment of the slide is complete, we can give an estimated time of reopening the road.

UPDATE Sept 22, 2:30 p.m.:

Progress was made yesterday on the Pemberton Portage Road mud slide with crews working throughout the night to ensure passage was safe to continue to clear debris. The road is open to single lane alternating traffic at this time. For more images of the work underway, visit our Flickr set. Please watch for traffic control personnel and equipment working in the area.

single lane cleared
An image of the DriveBC map, showing the affected route and location is shown below. Check DriveBC for updates (view Hwy 99 listing): http://drivebc.ca/mobile/pub/events/id/RTMC_8094.html.

99 Pemberton DBC Map

Two other areas along BC Highway 99 have also been impacted by traffic closures:

Gates Creek Road Mudslide, end of Gates Lake Road

Open to single lane, alternating traffic – emergency responders and local residents. Equipment remains on site and is working to restore two lanes of travel.

Squamish Valley Road flooding

Open to single lane, alternating traffic – emergency responders and local residents. Equipment remains on site and is working to restore two lanes of travel.

 

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3 Responses to RAW Video: Pemberton Portage Road Mudslide

  1. Pete on September 21, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Great footage and explanation. It shows so much more than words could ever do.
    Keep safe folks!

  2. Laurel on September 23, 2015 at 7:55 am

    The bank of Nova Scotia in Pemberton is taking donation for the families that lost everything. No insurance as it was a act of God. Pets and homes were lost.

    • tranbceditor on September 23, 2015 at 9:41 am

      Thanks for sharing this info Laurel.

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