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Mudslide closes Highway 1 between Lytton and Spences Bridge

Thursday, August 11th 2022, 4:45 am - DriveBC says there is no detour available and a slope assessment will be conducted at first light

A mudslide has closed Highway 1 in B.C.'s Fraser Canyon on Wednesday night.

DriveBC says a mudslide has shut down the Trans Canada Highway in both directions between Lytton — located about 150 kilometres northeast of Vancouver — and Spences Bridge, from Highway 8 to Highway 12.

There is no detour available and a slope assessment will be conducted at first light, DriveBC said.

Witnesses say it was pouring rain before the mudslide hit the road.

spences-bridge-flood An image of Highway 1 between Spences Bridge and Bighorn on Aug. 10. Witnesses say it was pouring rain before the mudslide hit the road. (J.R. Drynock/Facebook)

DriveBC initially reported flooding in the area of Ashcroft, Spences Bridge and Lytton at around 8:30 p.m.

Environment Canada radar showed moderate to heavy rain moving over the slide area between 7:10 p.m. and 7:50 p.m.

WATCH: Science Behind the Weather: Mudslides

This article was originally published for CBC News.

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