(Nicholas Cool/Unsplash)

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UPDATE: Dunn Lake Road re-opened after avalanche cleared

The slide was reported late Wednesday afternoon

Update: After being shut down for a few days due to an avalanche, Dunn Lake Road is once again open.

A slide on Wednesday shut down the roadway about halfway along Dunn Lake, north of Chu Chua, closing access from Barriere to Clearwater.

According to DriveBC, the closure was about 28 kilometres north of Barriere.

Location of avalanche on Dunn Lake Road. (DriveBC)

Crews from Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure performed helicopter-based avalanche control on Saturday, according to a Facebook post from Clearwater Mayor Merlin Blackwell. The slide was also cleared over the weekend, and the road is now open.

The Little Fort Ferry is closed for the season.

Wednesday, Jan. 12: An avalanche was reported to Argo Road Maintenance late Wednesday (Jan. 12) afternoon, according to a post on the Simpcw First Nation Facebook page. Within an hour, the maintenance company responded confirming the avalanche along the north end of Dunn Lake Road.

“Due to terrain, we are unable to assess the snow load and potential hazard from the ground,” the statement from Argo’s general manager Justin Van Iterson reads. “The Ministry will arrange to have their avalanche technician fly site in the next day or two.”

According to the statement, the road will be closed and barricaded until crews clear the site.

Simpcw First Nation will provide updates as they are available.

“Travel safe. Be prepared. Check in with family on departure/arrival times,” wrote Coun. Tina Donald in the Facebook post.


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