RCMP direct traffic onto Pelmewash Parkway in Oyama as the risk of a potential slide was investigated near the new stretch of Highway 97 Friday afternoon.

Slide risk closes major route in Lake Country

Traffic has now been restored in both directions on Highway 97

UPDATE 3:08 P.M. – Highway 97 has now been opened to traffic in both directions.

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UPDATE 2:50 P.M. –  The northbound lanes of Highway 97 have now been opened. Southbound traffic continues to be diverted onto the Pelmewash Parkway.

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UPDATE 2:10 p.m. – The Pelmewash Parkway has now been opened up for traffic in both directions. The new section of Highway 97 remains closed at this time.

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Motorists are being diverted after a possible slide closed down two major routes in Lake Country.

RCMP have received reports of a landslide above Highway 97 and, as a result, both the highway and Pelmewash Parkway along Wood Lake have been closed for assessment.

“The incident location is marked as Crystal Waters Rd/Hwy 97 (new highway) and the witness indicated the top peak on the left side of the new stretch of the highway,” said Const. Kris Clark, with the RCMP.

Traffic is now being diverted to Oyama Road on the east side of Wood Lake.