The Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke is currently closed in both directions, after debris blocked a channel on Camp Creek sending water and other material flowing over the highway.
The highway is expected to be closed until Saturday, June 10, and possibly through the weekend, depending on whether the bridge has been damaged. Crews will assess the bridge once the debris and water have been cleared.
Motorists are advised to plan an alternate route if travelling east or west on Highway 1 today. Alternate routes are via Highway 23 and Highway 6, through Shelter Bay, Galena Bay, Needles, and Fauquier. The ministry will be running the Galena Bay to Shelter Bay ferry on Highway 23 for 24 hours a day until Highway 1 reopens. Motorists should plan for long delays at the ferry crossings.
For anyone making plans to travel through B.C., to or from Alberta, consider taking Highway 3 or Highway 5.
The area received approximately 40 millimetres of rain over a short time period. This weather system has now passed and flows are expected to decrease quickly. Heavy machinery has been brought in to assist with the cleanup.
Motorists are advised to check DriveBC for the latest updates: www.drivebc.ca