Mudslides triggered by heavy rainfall between Thursday night and Friday morning (Aug. 29 and 30) that affected travel routes north and east of Pemberton were cleaned up quickly, according to local emergency personnel, though some remediation work was still ongoing in the Lillooet Lake Estates area as of Tuesday (Sept. 3).
Ryan Wainwright, emergency programs manager for the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, said Tuesday that Mainroad crews were able to clear the section of Portage Road blocked near the Gates Lake rail crossing by Friday morning.
A further blockage along the In-SHUCK-ch Forest Service Road was removed in time for weekend traffic, said Wainwright.
Catalina Creek had left its channel as a result of the rain and slide activity between the road and the lake, requiring the need to perform the remediation work around Lillooet Lake Estates. Wainwright said he expected that work to get underway quickly.
“We’ve been in negotiations with the province today and just reached an agreement on funding for remediation out there, so we’ll have our engineer on the ground there to scope out that work … with the expectation that we’ll move into the active part of remediation very shortly after that,” Wainwright said Tuesday.
Although no structures were threatened as a result of the creek leaving its channel, Wainwright said one boat rack and one individual’s truck were among items lost as a result of the event.
“The ability of debris-flows to move things is fairly phenomenal,” he said.