A rock slide north of Summerland has now resulted in a road closure. A detour is in place. (John Arendt/Summerland Review)

RCMP warn drivers of detours after Highway 97 landslide

The Central Okanagan RCMP are warning to not take back country detours

Drivers looking to take a detour around the closure of Highway 97 between Summerland and Peachland should stick to recommended routes only says RCMP.

RCMP in the Central Okanagan have received several reports of drivers that are stranded on back country roads.

Both the West Kelowna RCMP and Kelowna RCMP were busy Saturday responding to calls where travellers were stranded on unplowed and washed out back roads.

“In one particular case, a woman called 911 after her full size pickup truck became stuck in deep snow along Garnet Valley Road, which runs between Summerland and Peachland,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey. “Emergency crews were able to eventually reach the woman, who was not prepared to spend the night in her vehicle.”

RELATED: Driver films rock slide that closes Highway 97

O’Donaghey says that several people that they spoke to said that Google Maps reported that the roads were well groomed and the fastest way to their destination.

“We would also like to thank our local Central Okanagan Search and Rescue volunteers who have assisted police with reaching motorists and extracting them safely,” said Cpl. O’Donaghey.

RCMP recommend that all motorist monitor the Drive BC website and abide by the detour routes suggested by Drive BC officials.

According to the Drive BC website, Highway 97 remains closed in both directions between Peachland and Summerland. A detour remains in effect. Motorists are to detour via Highway 97 C, the Okanagan Connector, Highway 5A and Highway 3A to Highway 3.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Starbucks gets Kelowna councillors seal of approval

New coffee shop to open in Taco Time building

Survive an Apocalypse in Kelowna with this virtual game

Apocolypse Made Easy is an interactive online survival game

RCMP spike belts help nab alleged Okanagan truck thieves

RCMP arrested two Kelowna men who attempted to evade two spike belts

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: mainly sunny

Environment Canada is calling for a chance of showers tomorrow across the Okanagan

Raptors announcer credited with calming massive crowd after shooting

Matt Devlin, the Raptors’ play-by-play announcer since 2008, was praised for preventing panic from spreading

Sexting teens at risk of harms including depression, substance use: study

Use of alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana were also found to be associated with sexting

Deadline for cabinet to decide future of Trans Mountain expansion is today

International Trade Minister Jim Carr described the decision as ‘very significant’

Rascal Flatts extend summer tour to the South Okanagan

Rascal Flatts create a Forever Summer Playlist tour extending it into the fall

Mom describes finding son ‘gone’ on first day of B.C. inquest into overdose death

Resulting recommendations could change handling of youth records amidst the overdose crisis

Dash-cam video in trial of accused B.C. cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over B.C. mining pollution

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines in B.C.’s Elk Valley

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Most Read