UPDATE: Highway 97 Could Re-Open Wednesday
UPDATE: 05/02/19 1:13PM
Highway 97 between Peachland and Summerland could re-open tomorrow, following a huge rock slide on Friday.
Crews have been working hard to clear debris and stabilize the rock face in question.
"They're putting additional scalers on to start bringing some of the loose debris down" said local MLA Dan Ashton. "Everybody's got their fingers crossed and they're hoping that, as early as tomorrow, they're going to have some lanes open there."
If you have a lighter vehicle, the 201 forest service road is a possible route to bypass the closed section.
Highway 97, is closed in both directions because of a rock slide between Callan Road and North Beach Road for 1.6 km (Summerland to 2 km north of Summerland).
A detour in effect as rock scalers continue to work the slope.
Kelowna RCMP are urging Okanagan drivers to take these appropriate detours around the closure after multiple motorists have become stranded on back country roads.
RCMP in both West Kelowna and Kelowna were busy Saturday afternoon - and into the evening - responding to calls for service, where travellers have found themselves stranded on unplowed, and in some cases washed out back roads.
Corporal Jesse O’Donaghey says "a woman called 9-1-1 after her full size pickup truck became stuck in deep snow along Garnet Valley Road, which runs between Summerland and Peachland. Emergency crews were able to eventually reach the woman, who was not prepared to spend the night in her vehicle.”
While rescuing motorists from the back country, officers encountered and turned around dozens of other vehicles.
O'Donaghey says “almost everyone headed that way told our officers that Google maps reported the roads as well-groomed and the fastest, most direct route to their destination."
RCMP strongly recommend that all motorist closely 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.
Motorists are to detour via Highway 97 C, the Okanagan Connector, Highway 5A and Highway 3A to Highway 3.