Coquihalla Highway closed in both directions between Hope and Merritt due to mudslides

Coquihalla Highway closed in both directions between Hope and Merritt due to mudslides
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An empty stretch of the Coquihalla Highway on Nov. 14. The highway was closed between Merritt and Hope in both directions due to mudslides. (DriveBC)

Heavy rain across British Columbia has led to several closures on major highways connecting the Lower Mainland and the Interior region of the province.

DriveBC says Highway 5 is closed both ways between Hope and Merritt because of a mudslide, and drivers are being rerouted to Highway 3.

It is also reporting that Highway 1 through the Fraser Canyon is closed in both directions due to rocks on the road north of Yale.

Highway 1 is closed to eastbound traffic east of Chilliwack, as crews respond to a large mudslide through the Herrling Island area.

And Highway 11 is closed in both directions for nearly half a kilometre due to flooding between the start of Highway 11 and 4th Avenue.

DriveBC says there is currently no access to the Sumas border crossing to the U.S., but officials are assessing the situation. It says drivers can use the Aldergrove crossing until its regular closing at 8 p.m., or cross through the Peace Arch or Pacific Highway crossings which will remain open overnight.

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