Work continues to repair Highway 97 near McLeese Lake where high waters forced the road to be closed earlier Friday, April 24. (Lee Sollengberger photo)

Highway 97 now single lane alternating south of McLeese Lake were road crews are working

Watch Drive BC for updates, flooding continues to impact the area

Crews are working to shore up Highway 97 south of McLeese Lake where flooding has impacted the roadway.

Drive BC notes to expect single lane alternating traffic with the next update expected to be provided at midnight.


Highway 97 is now single lane alternating at just south of McLeese Lake.


Highway 97 is closed 4.82 kilometres south of McLeese Lake due to a washout.

DriveBC is reporting detours are in place for commercial vehicles via Highway 16 and Highway 5.

Light passenger vehicles can detour through Robinson Road.

Hawks Creek is now spilling over the Likely Road at the nine kilometre mark resulting in the road being closed there.

Regan Marklinger shot this video earlier Friday morning and said at 1:30 p.m. that traffic control was on site.

Detours are in place via Likely Road or Highway 97 for that closure.

Another nearby road that is closed is Beaver Valley Road at the six kilometre and 24 kilometre points with flooding at Choate Creek. The detour for those travellers are through Likely Road or Horsefly Road.

Read more: Drive BC reacts to flooding with additional side-road closure updates

As of Friday, April 24 at 11 a.m. roads closed in the Central Cariboo include:

Gravel Creek Road

Mission Road – closed at the bridge and south of the bridge

Mile 108 Horsefly Road – washed out at the three kilometre mark at Moon Creek

Chilcotin-Newton Road

Redstone-Chezacut Road at km 40

Knoll Road

Huston Road – detour available by pilot vehicle

Mountain House Road – closed at Hawkes Creek Bridge

Alternate access through both ends of road

Spokin Lake Road

Walker Road

Mission Road – closed at the bridge and south of the bridge

Jacobson Road – closed at kilometre 10 due to a washout, with no alternate route

Pigeon Road – closed 100 metre west of bridge, with a detour available by pilot vehicle

Cave Road

Bells Lake Road – closed in three locations – at three km, 7.5 km and 10 km

Doyle Road

Bunting Lake

Valley Road (off Horsefly)

Anaham’s Meadow Road – at eight kilometre mark near Alexis Creek


On Thursday, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Cariboo District manager Todd Hubner said there were more than 100 sites impacted by flooding on roads in the region.

Read more: MOTI ‘triaging’ more than 100 road washouts in Cariboo region due to recent flooding

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Highway 97 now single lane alternating traffice kilometres south of McLeese Lake due to a washout. (Drive BC)

A third view of road crews working along Highway 97 near McLeese Lake Friday afternoon. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo)

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