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Canada Highway 1 closed near Revelstoke amid avalanche control, won’t open until morning

06:21  14 february  2018
06:21  14 february  2018 Source:   globalnews.ca

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  One person airlifted to Calgary hospital after avalanche near Golden, B.C. Police say one person was taken to hospital by air ambulance following an avalanche near Golden, B.C. RCMP were alerted Friday afternoon that a slide had occurred in the backcountry near Hospital Creek. The force says one person was seriously injured and airlifted to a hospital in Calgary. Avalanche Canada issued a special warning Thursday, urging anyone venturing into B.C.'s backcountry to take extra caution. The group warns that nearly three weeks of storms have created a snowpack with a complex mix of weak layers.

A search and rescue helicopter heads toward a deadly avalanche site in a March 14, 2010 photo near Revelstoke, B.C. © Jeff McIntosh/CP A search and rescue helicopter heads toward a deadly avalanche site in a March 14, 2010 photo near Revelstoke, B.C.

An 18-kilometre stretch of Highway 1 near Revelstoke has been closed in both directions and it's not expected to open until Wednesday morning between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m.

The closure is happening at a point between 26 kilometres and eight kilometres west of the city in B.C.'s Columbia-Shuswap region, according to DriveBC.

And it's come as crews conduct avalanche control in the area.

Revelstoke sits in a region where there's "extreme" avalanche danger at alpine levels, and "considerable" danger at the treeline and below, according to Avalanche Canada.

READ MORE: B.C. Family Day weekend traffic snarled by cold weather, high avalanche danger

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