Hundreds of campers are stranded after road washout near Squamish, B.C.
Monday, June 30, 2014, 3:11 PM -
Crews are attempting to construct an emergency bridge to give safe passage for about 250 campers stranded by road washout near Squamish, B.C.
Insp. Tim Shields told CBC News late Sunday night that washout took out about 12 metres of the Squamish Forest Service road near Mud Creek, leaving a six-to-nine metre crater in its place.
"What we know so far is that some sort of a large torrent of water, mud and debris came down this creek very quickly and washed out the main forest service road and cut off potentially hundreds of campers who are now stranded about 23 kilometres and further north of Squamish," Shields said in an interview with CBC News.
Many people had hitched tents on the the wrong side of the road for a music festival. Authorities have asked that they share food supplies while waiting for an impromptu roadway to be secured.
Police, search and rescue crews, and staff from the from the provincial forests ministry are keeping an eye on the scene.
There have been no reports of injuries.
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