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Collapsed beaver dam causes massive debris slide

Collapsed beaver dam causes massive debris slide

A failed beaver dam is being blamed by municipal officials for a debris slide that damaged one home and cut off 14 others in British Columbia’s central Interior.

Cariboo Regional District Chairman Al Richmond says crews also hope to reopen single-lane traffic to several properties about 20km northeast of Likely by Friday evening or Saturday morning.

Richmond says the slide occurred on Thursday, when 3,000 cubic metres of material came down near Keithley Creek, close to Cariboo Lake.

He says a geotechnical expert flew over the area Thursday evening and evidence confirms that the failed beaver dam led to a loss of water from the lake.

Everyone in the home got out safely and Richmond says video shows the house is still standing and there is quite a bit of debris outside the structure but there’s no way to tell how badly it is damaged.

The district also has a new mass emergency notification system that went online in May, but Richmond says the system is only works if people register for it.

People in the Cariboo Regional District can sign up for the emergency notification system on the CRD’s website.

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