Mudslide on Trans-Canada Highway

  • May. 31, 2011 7:00 a.m.
Parks Canada Highway Service Centre staff clearing debris above the Trans-Canada Highway on May 26 & 27

Parks Canada Highway Service Centre staff clearing debris above the Trans-Canada Highway on May 26 & 27

Parks Canada released the following statement recently, concerning the happenings at the East Gate mudslide at the east end of Glacier National Park, towards Golden.

“As you may know an area of slope instability at the east end of Glacier National Park typically creates a mudslide at this time of year due to snow melt, spring run-off and rainfall that affects the Trans Canada Highway (TCH).

This year, mud combined with rocks and trees began flowing on May 21st.  To date it has only caused limited periodic delays of up to 20 minutes.

In 2009 Parks Canada built a catchment basin to help reduce the risk of mudslides hitting the TCH. The catchment basin is proving effective in collecting mudslide debris while Parks Canada Highway Service Centre crews are busy working around the clock using back hoes and front loaders to clear out the catchment basin and ensure it can continue to collect more debris.

However, due to the unpredictable nature of the mud flow, longer disruptions or closures are possible.”