British Columbia

Highway 97 open to single lane traffic near Cache Creek

A mudslide forced the closure of a stretch of Highway 97 north of Cache Creek on Saturday night.

Motorists are being told to expect delays and muddy sections

The closure was five kilometres north of Cache Creek, B.C. (CBC)

Highway 97 has re-opened to single lane traffic north of Cache Creek after it was temporarily closed Saturday night due to a mudslide.

 Drive BC is warning motorists to anticipate delays and muddy sections.

This comes after a separate mudslide closed Highway 97 on Friday just two kilometres south of the Highway 99 junction.

Living along Highway 97

The string of slides has left residents living along Highway 97 nervous.

Debbie Beech lives in Clinton, north of Cache Creek, and she says her home is facing serious threats after a mudslide took out her horse pasture and riding ring.

"The mud is all filled up behind our house and now there's nowhere for it to go but take our house," said Beech. "There's probably a kilometre worth of fields that have been washed out from the mountainside."

Residents of Clinton worry that controlled back burns by B.C. Wildfire crews last summer have left the hillside unstable.

With files from Karin Larsen

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