UPDATE: 6:38 P.M. – Cleanup at the site of a mudslide near Rudy Johnson Bridge has been completed by Emcon Quesnel, the road maintenance contractor for the area, as of about 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Slide at Rudy Johnson bridge. The road is open. Please use caution at this time of year as slides can occur anywhere there is a bank. pic.twitter.com/pDgLtKkAmJ
— Emcon Quesnel (@EmconQuesnel) April 12, 2019
UPDATE: 11:30 a.m. – Drive BC is reporting that the Buckskin road is open to single lane alternating traffic.
Via @DriveBC, Buckskin Rd is now open to single lane alternating traffic at Rudy Johnson Bridge after mudslide. Video shows scope of the damage https://t.co/lqoK7bLHFR #WilliamsLake pic.twitter.com/Bxxw8bCaHQ
— BC Transportation (@TranBC) April 12, 2019
A mudslide on the Buckskin Road has blocked access to the Rudy Johnson Bridge Friday morning.
Local residents say they are detouring using the Meldrum Creek Road though that route has not been advised officially by DriveBC at this point.
Heavy rains and hail Wednesday and Thursday, April 10 and 11 likely exacerbated current spring runoff conditions in the area, which was heavily impacted by the 2017 White Lake Fire which threatened the City of Williams Lake.
The Tribune has a call into the Ministry of Transportation, who are believed to be assessing the unfolding situation.
Spring runoff had already caused washouts under the CN tracks nearby March 23 and local roads for resident access.
More to come.