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Leaking water system blamed for small mudslide near Taghum

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
April 7th, 2013

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said a small mudslide west of Nelson on Highway 3A was caused by a leaking water system.

District Operations Manager for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Hugh Eberle said the cause was confirmed after speaking with local residents in the Taghum/Sproule Creek area.

“To be absolutely sure, and remembering that all the works are underground, we have been working with the owners of the water system using a bit of “trial and error” combined with onsite monitoring to prove if the water line was indeed the culprit,” Eberle explained.

“This process has now confirmed that the water system is leaking and we will be working with water system owners to help rectify the situation.”

The slide occurred in the evening of (Tuesday) April 2.

Yellowhead Road & Bridge (YRB) crews were contacted regarding the small slide.

Work crews placed “no stopping” signs and barrier markers at the site of the minor sloughing 10 kilometers west of Nelson on Highway 3A below the Sproule Creek access road to keep commuter traffic moving on Highway 3A Wednesday.

“We have absolutely no concerns with the stability of the embankment and/or the safety of the travelling public,” Eberle said.

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