Crews continue to clear a mudslide near Cariboo Lake that forced one family out of their home and closed the Keithley Creek Road near Likely last Thursday.
It is believed a beaver dam above the road gave way Wednesday, causing the slide which stretched 100 metres long and as deep as three metres or more in places, said Cariboo Regional District chair Al Richmond.
The same thing happened in the same location July 24, 1999.
By Friday the road was re-opened to one way traffic and this week a culvert was being installed to help water flow at the site.
Richmond said the homeowners returned home to assess the damage caused by water and gravel entering the home and property and put in some generators to keep the food in the fridge from being spoiled.
The community of Likely had some money left over from the Mount Polley spill fund to help the family clean up their home and surrounding area, he added.
However, an application for disaster relief by the CRD on the family’s behalf was turned down, so Richmond and staff members were working on appealing the decision Tuesday.
In the meantime, the family is staying with friends locally.
Residents are also encouraged to sign up for the Cariboo Chilcotin Emergency Notification system by visiting the CRD website at www.cariboord.ca or calling the office at 250-3892-3351 or toll free at 1-800-665-1636.
To view video footage of the slide, visit https://www.facebook.com/CRDEmergencyOperations.