Update: 7:20 A.M.
Westside Road remains closed in both directions 3 km north of Fintry because of yesterday’s washout. No detour is available. Drive BC cannot give an estimated time of opening. An assessment of the area is in progress
An evacuation alert on part of Westside Road has been upgraded to an evacuation order with a local state of emergency declared.
“Due to slope instability, a local State of Emergency has been declared on Westside Road N from 5625 Westside Road to 10374 Westside Road in response to the threat to property caused by slope instability,” says the Regional District of Central Okanagan.
“The State of Emergency, declared by the Regional District of Central Okanagan, is a proactive approach that gives crews access to specific private properties to protect public infrastructure. As well, evacuation alerts for two properties in Ewing’s Landing have been upgraded to an Evacuation Order.”
A State of Emergency is a measure authorized by the Emergency Program Act. The declaration is valid for a period of seven days until May 8, 2018.
Until further notice, a section Westside Road at Ewing’s Landing is open to single lane alternating traffic and is now operating at a 50 per cent load restriction for commercial vehicle traffic. For current road condition updates, visit drivebc.ca.
The two Ewing’s Landing properties currently under Evacuation Order:
· 8645 N Westside Road
· 8635 Westside Road
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) is working on repairs to stabilize Westside Road after a landslide Tuesday morning affected the road. An evaluation of the situation continues. Public safety and the safety of emergency response personnel are the primary concerns at this time.
Two properties below Westside Road at Ewing’s Landing have been issued an evacuation alert.
The Regional District of Central Okanagan says its due to slope instability.
The same section of Westside Road at Ewing’s Landing is open to single lane alternating traffic and operating at a 70 per cent load restriction for heavy truck traffic.
The properties under evacuation alert include: 8645 N Westside Road and 8635 Westside Road.
“Residents in the area are advised to be ready to leave their home at a moment’s notice,” says an RDNO media release. “They should be prepared to be away from their home for an extended period of time, make arrangements for pets, and pack essential items such as medicines and important documents.
RDCO says an evaluation of the situation is underway, and specific details will be released as they are confirmed. Public safety and the safety of emergency response personnel are the primary concerns at this time.