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Highway 3 opens to single-lane traffic after landslide closure

Bombi Summit near Castlegar re-opened after flooding closure
Highway 3 is closed at both the Bombi Pass and from Salmo to Creston. File photo

Highway 3 has opened to single-lane alternating traffic through the Kootenay Pass after being closed most of Thursday due to a mudslide.

Drive BC is warning drivers to watch for falling rocks as they travel through the area.

A detour is available via Kootenay Lake ferry, but drivers should expect delays due to congestion. As of 6 p.m. Thursday, Drive BC was reporting a two-sailing wait at the ferry.

The next update is expected at 9 a.m. Friday.

Bombi Summit

Highway 3 was closed in both directions about 15 km east of Castlegar in the Bombi Pass for most of Thursday.

The closure was due to flooding.

Yellowhead Road and Bridge (YRB) manager Scott Maxwell said that something upstream gave way and a large volume of water blocked one of the culverts, eroding the shoulder of the highway for about 1 km.

Yesterday, the flood risk level across the Regional District of Central Kootenay was upgraded to a flood watch as snowmelt increases and rain is forecasted for Thursday night and Friday.

Meanwhile, an evacuation alert for the community of Vallican in the Slocan Valley was expanded.

More to come …

With files by Jim Bailey.

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Betsy Kline

About the Author: Betsy Kline

After spending several years as a freelance writer for the Castlegar News, Betsy joined the editorial staff as a reporter in March of 2015. In 2020, she moved into the editor's position.
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