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Second slide in 3 days spews dust at bottom of Summerland Hill

Visibility near zero, witnesses said
A slide occurred on Higway 97 at the bottom of Summerland Hill on Friday, April 28, shortly after noon. This photo, taken from Naramata, is from Brandon Blake and was posted to the Summerland Locals Helping Locals Facebook group. (Summerland Locals Helping Locals Facebook group)

Another slide on Highway 97 in Summerland spewed dust and reduced visibility, but did not block the highway.

The slide occurred on Friday, April 28 shortly after noon, at the bottom of Summerland Hill.

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“I drove by minutes after it started,” Lory Johnson posted on the Summerland Locals Helping Locals Facebook group. “Traffic was backing up southbound but moving northbound.”

Taryn Davis, another member of the Facebook group, said there was zero visibility at the time the slide was occurring.

DriveBC issued a report of rocks on the road in the area. Motorists are urged to drive with caution in the area.

Another slide occurred in Naramata around the same time. Traffic was down to one lane as a result of that slide, and by mid-afternoon, clean-up work had not yet started.

A different slide occurred near the same area on Wednesday, April 26.

The area of Highway 97 between Peachland and Penticton is in a slide area, although the last major slide there was in January, 2019, when a major rock slide closed a portion of the highway for more than a month.

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John Arendt

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John Arendt has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism degree from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.
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